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Teen armed robbery suspect tied to 2015 incident as well

Oct 25, 2017 By Kelli Ameling, Staff Wrier

A teen-ager accused of armed robbery two years ago in Riverton has been charged with another one, this time in Lander.

Lander officers were dispatched at about 7:45 p.m. Saturday to the business at 195 Main St. in Lander, where a commercial panic alarm had been set off. An off-duty sergeant apprehended the suspect Saturday after the Loaf 'N Jug store in Lander was robbed at gunpoint.

A press release reported that Lynn Tendore Jr., 18, of Fort Washakie, had walked into the establishment "and used a handgun to commit an armed robbery."

Within minutes, Lander Police Department officers arrived at the store and got a description of Tendore from employees and citizens in the area, LPD public information officer Duane Kaiser said.

Meanwhile, an off-duty sergeant had heard the robbery call on a police radio and responded to the area in his personal vehicle to help. Kaiser said the off-duty officer was able to detain Tendore and recover the stolen money, as well as the weapon used to commit the crime.

The amount of money taken had not been calculated as of Tuesday, and the Fremont County Attorney's Office still hadn't submitted official charging documents to the 9th Judicial Circuit Court, so an affidavit was not available.

Court officials did confirm Tendore was being held in the Fremont County Detention Center on a $50,000 cash bond and said a hearing date had not yet been set.

Previous charges

This is the not the first time Tendore has been involved in a local robbery: About two years ago, he was charged with aggravated robbery and conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery.

The incident was reported at about 4 a.m. Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, at the Pit Stop in the 800 block of South Federal Boulevard in Riverton.

Investigators said Tendore had walked into the gas station dressed only in a sports bra, short-shorts and tennis shoes and pointed a gun over the counter at the clerk, who handed over about $300 in cash.

Tendore's alleged accomplice - 16-year-old Rae'Chelle Rae'Lene Charley - had entered the building first to make sure the clerk was alone.

Charley was arrested the next day, charged with aiding and abetting aggravated robbery and conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery.

Tendore was taken into custody later in the week; officials said he turned himself in.

Reports state a third individual was involved as well, but after the robbery, the trio drove a silver 2008 GMC pickup truck to an unknown location on the Wind River Indian Reservation, and the third person left the vehicle.

Then, detectives said, Tendore and Charley drove toward Kinnear, but they ran out of gas about a mile east of town. They apparently walked to the Kinnear store, according to reports, where witnesses recalled speaking with two people - one dressed in a red or pink sweatshirt and black sweatpants, and the other dressed in a black sports bra and short red or pink shorts.

One of the witnesses remembered asking the two if they had money for gas, detectives said; in response the individual in the short-shorts pulled a roll of cash from the sports bra.

The witness gave the two individuals a ride to their truck, and after refueling, the pair continued toward Riverton, where they retrieved the clothing Tendore had removed prior to the robbery, according to reports.

Tendore's bond was set at $100,000 cash at that time. Judge Wesley Roberts explained the high amount, saying, "I get concerned about the potential for violence and the potential for the death of another human being."

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