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Bail set at $1 million for robbery suspects

Three men are being held in the Jackson County Jail in connection with a brutal home-invasion robbery in which residents of a Talent home were terrorized by masked men who fired a gun in their living room and beat a man before fleeing with a safe full of cash.

Police detained the men late Tuesday night, less than two hours after receiving an initial report of an armed robbery at a home in the 6000 block of Wagner Creek Road. After being positively identified as the suspects, all three were arrested and jailed.

They were arraigned Wednesday in Jackson County Circuit Court.

Mario Roshun Vital, 24, of Oakland, Calif., and Brian Keith Yancy, 27, of Whitman Avenue in Ashland each face felony charges of first-degree robbery, first-degree assault, first-degree kidnapping, first-degree burglary, second-degree theft, fourth-degree assault and menacing. Both were being held on &

36;1 million bail.

Al Lamont Daniels, 25, of Garfield Street in Ashland is charged with felony first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary, along with second-degree theft, a misdemeanor. Daniels was also arrested on a warrant charging him with failure to appear in court, and is being held in jail on &

36;1,010,000 bail, according to a jail spokeswoman.

— A couple who lives at the Wagner Creek Road home told police that at about 8:30 p.m., three masked robbers busted through the front door and threatened them with a gun, Jackson County sheriff's Capt. Joe Puckett said.

One of the attackers beat the male resident repeatedly with a stick that resembled a baseball bat, Puckett said. Another robber fired two shots in the living room. One of the bullets struck a piece of furniture, the other slammed into a wall.

After taking several items from the home, the men fled the scene in a gold Mercury Sable.

They were definitely after cash, Puckett said. It's a scary thing when people are willing to go to this extreme for cash.

Talent and Phoenix police officers caught up to the suspects less than two hours after the robbery. Puckett said they were discovered hiding in an orchard on Wagner Creek Road near the Sable, about two miles from the home that was robbed.

In the orchard, police also found a safe with money inside, a watch and an identification card belonging to one of the victims.

Detectives are still investigating the case, and have not released the victims' names. Puckett said one of the alleged robbers knew the victims, but the relationship was unclear.

There apparently is some thin acquaintance between one of the suspects and (the home's residents) ... enough to know these people had cash in the house, Puckett said.

the time police arrived at the home on Tuesday, the couple had already gone to Ashland Community Hospital so the man could receive medical treatment. Phone calls made to the home seeking comment Wednesday were not answered.

First-degree robbery, first-degree kidnapping and first-degree assault are all Measure 11 crimes with mandatory minimum prison sentences.

Vital played defensive back last year for the Southern Oregon University Raiders football team. Coach Jeff Olson said Vital was not expected to return to the squad this fall, and was not enrolled in spring classes.

Mario is no longer in the program, Olson said Wednesday. I didn't even know he was still up here. ... I do know he was starting to hang out with the wrong crowd.

Reach reporter Jack Moran at 776-4459, or e-mail .