Judge declines robbery suspect’s release
The Schurz man who fled police and was on the run for a week before his arrest appeared this week in Justice Court.
Bryan Aaron Plummer, 26, was charged with five felonies including first-degree kidnapping after a suspected Jan. 11 robbery at the City Liquor and Food Store on Williams Avenue just across the street from City Hall and the Fallon Police Department.
His attorney, Charlie Woodman, was assigned the case on Wednesday and on Thursday set a status hearing for Feb. 19 and a preliminary hearing on March 6.
Woodman also asked for his client to be released on his own recognizance, citing Plummer is a life-long resident of Schurz and has no criminal history. Woodman also said the charges are allegations at this point.
Churchill County Chief Deputy District Attorney Lane Mills objected to the release stating Plummer had a previous failure to appear in Mineral County and the $750,000 bond was appropriate for what is alleged.
Mills also said two different law enforcement agencies made contact with Plummer and have him on video in the same clothes he is suspected of wearing during the robbery.
Justice of the Peace Mike Richards denied the OR request and said bail was appropriate.
Plummer’s alleged crime began when he entered the store with a bat and stole more than $650, forced and locked the clerk, Shauna Stelling, in the bathroom, according to the criminal complaint.
Plummer entered the store around 9:30 p.m. and threatened Stelling and took the money before fleeing.
According to FPD Capt. Ron Wenger said in a previous interview evidence left at the scene directed police to Plummer’s identity.
Plummer, meanwhile, faces one count each of robbery with the use of a deadly weapon, burglary with possession of a deadly weapon, false imprisonment with the use of a deadly weapon and grand larceny with a deadly weapon in addition to kidnapping with a deadly weapon.
In court on Wednesday, Plummer, who is unemployed and a father of two, was appointed public defender Charlie Woodman. He remains in custody on $750,000 bond.
The kidnapping charge carries a sentence of five years to life in prison or a term of five to 15 years in prison. False imprisonment is punishable by one to 15 years; burglary two to 15; robbery two to 15 with a deadly weapon enhancement of one to 15; and grand larceny carries a term of one to five and a deadly weapon enhancement of one to five.