Corvallis Police Arrest Four in Connection with Strong Arm Robberies
On November 12, 2015, Corvallis Police Officers investigated two strong arm robberies that occurred within an hour of each other. The first incident occurred in the 500 block of NW 21st St., and the second incident near the intersection of SW 8th St. and SW Monroe Ave. In both cases the victims were approached and assaulted by two men. Both victims' had phones and personal items stolen from them by the two assailants. One victim was knocked unconscious and a second sustained non-life threatening injuries as a result of the assaults.
Corvallis Police Investigators were able to connect a vehicle to the suspects, after they used one of the victim's credit card to make a purchase. Investigators were able to identify the male subjects connected to that vehicle. These two men, 20 year old Carl Whitt and 20 year old Tommie Willis Jr. of Albany, were subsequently identified as the male suspects from both robberies. Search warrants were executed on the vehicle and a residence in Albany where items belonging to the victim's were recovered.
Whitt and Willis Jr. were each charged with two counts of Robbery in the Second Degree, two Counts of Assault in the Third Degree and two Counts of Theft in the Second Degree. Each was lodged at the Benton County Jail on $375,000 bail.
Two female suspects were also identified as playing a criminal role in events surrounding each Robbery. Twenty year old Shyanne Zimmerman of Albany, the driver of the van used by Whitt and Willis Jr. to travel to and from each robbery, was also charged with two counts of Robbery in the Second Degree, two Counts of Assault in the Third Degree and two Counts of Theft in the Second Degree. Zimmermann was also charged with one count of Identity Theft and one count of Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card for using one of the victim's stolen credit cards after the robbery. She was lodged at the Benton County Jail on $412,500 bail.
Eighteen year old Shahalie Flesher of Albany was also charged with two counts of Attempted Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, and two counts of Identity Theft for using a credit card(s) stolen during the robbery. She was cited into Linn County Circuit Court and released.
Mug-shot photos are available at the following links:
Willis Jr.- https://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/inmate_detail?inmate=1500002069
Whitt, Willis and Zimmerman and are scheduled to appear in Benton County Circuit Court on November 19, 2015, at 1:20pm for arraignment.
Man with Handgun Arrested After Incident Outside Bar
On November 14th, 2015, at approximately 2:21am, Corvallis police officers responded to the area of Impulse Bar at NW 14th St and NW Monroe Ave. where witnesses reported a man with a handgun was threatening people. The suspect was upset after being kicked out of the bar after an argument inside with another male.
The suspect left the scene in a car before officers arrived, but officers spotted the vehicle and the suspect leaving the area. Corvallis Police Officers stopped the vehicle and contacted the occupants. The suspect, a passenger in the vehicle, was taken into custody without incident. A loaded handgun was located inside the vehicle along with marijuana extracts.
The suspect was identified as 23 year old Mario Mendoza of Salem, OR. Mendoza had two warrants for his arrest, is a convicted felon and was in possession of Marijuana extracts. He was arrested and lodged in the Benton County Jail on charges listed below. His bail is currently set at $47,500.
Felon in Possession of a Firearm (Class C Felony)
Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (Class A Misdemeanor)
Menacing (Class A Misdemeanor)
Disorderly Conduct (Class B Misdemeanor)
Warrant for Unlawful Delivery of Cocaine (Class A Felony)
Warrant for Probation Violation (Unclassified offense)
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