Nevada County T-Mobile robbery case: Judge finds probable cause, case advances toward trial |

Nevada County T-Mobile robbery case: Judge finds probable cause, case advances toward trial

Travonn Dill

Four men accused of robbing the Grass Valley T-Mobile store inched closer to trial on Thursday after a Nevada County judge ruled enough evidence existed to advance the case.

Superior Court Judge Robert Tice-Raskin found probable cause against Zachary Hidvegi, 18; Isaiah Shepherd, 19; Brian Mack, 20; and Travonn Dill, 23, all of Sacramento. All four men face two counts of second-degree robbery. Dill, Mack and Shepherd also are accused of being on probation.

They’re next scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 17.

Authorities say that on Nov. 15 the men robbed the Nevada County Highway T-Mobile store. The judge’s ruling states three men entered the store at night with only two employees on duty. The men yelled at the employees, telling them to stay quiet. One man had his hands in his pockets. The employees didn’t know if he had a weapon, the ruling states.

“All of these actions were reasonably calculated to scare and intimidate the employees so that the employees would take no action to hinder the subjects,” Tice-Raskin writes. “And that is precisely what happened.”

Police said they arrested the men on Highway 49 after a car and foot chase.

Initially held on $250,000 in bond, Mack and Hidvegi had their bail reduced Thursday to $200,000. Bond for Shepherd and Dill remains at $250,000 each.

All the men remained held on bond Thursday afternoon, reports state.

Defense attorney Stephen Munkelt, who represents Mack, argued that no weapons were shown or threats made during the alleged robbery.

“It’s a run in the store, grab stuff and run out situation,” Munkelt said, asking for a bond reduction.

Additionally, Mack has a pregnant fiancee, who’s already the mother of one of his children, Munkelt said.

Defense attorney Larry Montgomery, who represents Hidvegi, also asked for a reduced bond. According to Montgomery, his client has no criminal record as an adult.

“He was employed,” the attorney said. “He did have two jobs until this event.”

Deputy District Attorney Ed Grubaugh argued that Mack was on probation when the robbery occurred. All the men fled from officers in a vehicle and then ran from them after stopping their car.

“He’s facing a significant period time in custody,” Grubaugh said of Mack.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email or call 530-477-4239.

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