By Conrad Dudderar
EL RENO – An Oklahoma City man is housed at the Canadian County Jail accused of being armed with a gun when he stole property from a Yukon-area resident.
Juan Felipe Torres, 22, was charged Nov. 22 in Canadian County District Court with robbery with a firearm.
The felony crime is punishable by not less than five years in state prison.
Torres was charged in connection with a Nov. 2nd incident investigated by the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office.
Canadian County prosecutors allege the defendant violated state law “by willfully and wrongfully taking away” a cellphone and wallet against the Yukon victim’s will by threatening him with a handgun.
This caused the victim “to fear he was in immediate danger of unlawful injury or death,” according to the charging document signed by Assistant District Attorney Colleen L. Galaviz.
Torres was booked at 5:44 p.m. Nov. 2 into the Canadian County Jail pending formal criminal charges.
HEARING DEC. 14
Canadian County Special Judge Charles Gass granted prosecutors’ request to extend Torres’ initial court appearance five business days until Nov. 29.
“In order to make a prudent charging decision, the District Attorney’s Office must review police reports and witness statements, which have not yet been provided by the investigator,” according to the Nov. 23 written request signed by Assistant DA Austin T. Murrey.
“The State requests additional time to make the proper filing determination.”
A preliminary hearing conference for Torres is set 9 a.m. Dec. 14 before Special Judge Khristan K. Strubhar.