Couple accused of robbing Dutch Bros. stand in Medford
A married couple allegedly threatened a lone Dutch Bros. employee working the night shift Sunday before robbing her and making off with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Medford police apprehended Talent residents Brenden Wion, 25, and Amanda Wion, 24, less than 10 minutes after the robbery near the north Medford Fred Meyer, according to a police press release. Amanda Wion was no longer listed in the Jackson County Jail Monday but is scheduled for a December arraignment, court records show. Brenden Wion was indicted for third-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit a felony and second-degree theft, according to court records. His bail was set at $65,000, jail records show.
The pair allegedly walked up to the coffee stand, located on Highway 62 near Whittle Avenue, about 10 p.m. Sunday and made threatening statements — enough for the employee at the stand to hand over cash, police said.
"(She) certainly felt it was a robbery," said Lt. Mike Budreau. "By their word and conduct, the victim felt threatened."
Budreau said no weapons were displayed. But the Wions are suspected of stealing a plastic toy gun from Fred Meyer and spray-painting it black before they walked up to the stand, he said. Police later found the toy abandoned behind a fence off Skypark Drive after the Wions were arrested.
"We believe (Brenden Wion) was armed with it at the time but did not actually show it," Budreau said, adding Wion would likely face a second-degree robbery charge if he had displayed the gun.
Court records show the Wions were indicted in September on charges of first- and second-degree theft. Both were also convicted of first- and second-degree theft in 2011, records show.