Man Accused Of Robbery Bound Over For Trial
Andrew Melikian, accused of participating in the mugging of a man cleaning a car two weeks ago waived his preliminary hearing in Natrona County Circuit Court on Tuesday.
Melikian, 22, will face trial in Natrona District Court on felony counts of aggravated robbery and conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, and two misdemeanor counts of obtaining property by false pretenses and possession of a controlled substance.
His bond was reduced to $50,000 from $75,000 during the preliminary hearing.
If convicted, each of the robbery counts is punishable by between five and 25 years imprisonment.
Two other suspects, Nicholaus Harford and Raechel Holmes, have been arrested.
The case began Sept. 13 when a man told police he was cleaning a friend’s car near East Fourth and South Park streets that morning, according to court records.
He heard footsteps behind him and a male voice said, “‘give me your money m-f.’” The victim turned around, saw a man with a bandana on the lower part of his face, and a pistol with a long barrel pointed at him.
The victim later contacted police and said his debit card was used at a convenience store on Wyoming Boulevard. Officers reviewed a store video that showed Holmes and Melikian.
Police later spoke with Melikian and advised him of his rights. He denied knowing anything about the robber. However, Holmes later said she and Melikian were present at the robbery, and Harford and Melikian planned it.
Harford was identified later as the alleged gunman. His case was bound over for trial in Natrona County District Court last week.