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Police seek witnesses after robbery

Detectives investigating last week's armed robbery at a Talent home want to talk to Wagner Creek Road residents who saw or spoke with any of three men arrested in connection with the crime.

Jackson County sheriff's detectives believe several residents of the 9000 block of Wagner Creek Road came into contact with the suspects on June 22, when two people at a home in the 6000 block of Wagner Creek Road were assaulted by a pair of men who burst through the front door and threatened them with a gun, sheriff's Detective Dan Hobbs said.

Anyone with information about the suspects and their behavior on the night of June 22 is asked to phone detectives at 774-6800.

At about 8:30 p.m. that night, two masked men armed with a handgun and a branch from a pear tree entered a small residence and tied up a 22-year-old man and his girlfriend, Hobbs said. The assailants beat the man with the branch, fired two shots in the home and stole several items before fleeing.

The male victim lives in an apartment-type building near his parents' main house on the property, Hobbs explained.

— Before the attack, police believe the third suspect, Al Lamont Daniels, 25, of Ashland, approached the victim's parents outside their home and asked for help with a car, which was parked alongside the road.

It looks like a ruse to get the parents away from the home, Hobbs said.

When the victim's parents left the property to check out the car, police say Mario Roshun Vital, 24, of Oakland, Calif., and Brian Keith Yancy, 27, of Ashland, went into the smaller residence.

All three were arrested less than two hours later, after a series of encounters with area residents, Hobbs said.

Before being apprehended, they spoke with at least two residents of the 9000 block of Wagner Creek Road, where Daniels eventually parked the gold Mercury Sable that was used in the crime. Police believe at one point, Daniels borrowed a cell phone from a resident or passerby to make a call, Hobbs said.

Residents phoned police, who went to the location and found Daniels standing by the Sable. Another suspect was apprehended while walking away from the scene, and the third was discovered hiding in a nearby orchard, Hobbs said.

All three gave different stories, Hobbs said.

In the orchard, police recovered property stolen from the home, along with an identification card belonging to the victim.

Hobbs credited residents with helping police make the arrests in short order.

There was good coordination between residents, he said. They were instrumental in bringing this to a conclusion within two hours.

Police believe the suspects might know the male victim from Ashland, where he socializes, Hobbs said.

Vital, Yancy and Daniels are being held in the Jackson County Jail on felony robbery, burglary and theft charges. Vital and Yancy are also charged with kidnapping and menacing.

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