Accused of stealing beer - December, 28 2018

Two men are facing felony charges after Roosevelt police say one of the men displayed a handgun while the pair stole beer from a convenience store on Christmas Eve.

Rayson Gregory Taveapont, 35, and Hiet Delenor Jenks, 27, are each charged with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, and theft, a class B misdemeanor. Taveapont is also charged with obstruction of justice, a second-degree felony.

Police were called to Top Stop, 521 E. 200 North, at about 11:45 p.m. Christmas Eve. The clerk told officers two men entered the store, purchased an 18-pack of Budweiser beer and left.

The clerk said the same men re-entered the store a few minutes later and the taller of the two -- who was dressed in camouflage -- pulled out a handgun and told her he was "taking a 30-pack of Bud Light beer," according to court records.

The men left the store a second time and went down a nearby alley, the clerk told officers. A search of the alley turned up footprints and a full can of Budweiser beer, police said.

An officer who reviewed the store's surveillance video said he recognized the man dressed in camouflage as Taveapont based on prior encounters with him. Taveapont lives less than two blocks from the store, according to police.

Officers went to Taveapont's apartment and found footprints that "matched" those found in the alley by the convenience store, court records show.

When no one answered the door, officers wrote a search warrant for the apartment. Officers served the warrant and allege that Taveapont used his body to hold the apartment door shut while yelling, "I am not opening the door."

Inside the apartment officers found a .45-caliber handgun, an 18-pack of Budweiser and a 30-pack of Bud Light, according to court records. Officers noted that Taveapont was wearing camouflage pants and a camouflage jacket was found in the apartment.

Officers found Hiet sitting on a couch in the apartment. He was dressed in a blue and white flannel coat, which matched the coat worn by the second man in the convenience store video, according to court records.

Taveapont and Hiet were arrested and booked into the Duchesne County Jail. They are scheduled to make their first court appearances on Monday.

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