Two men accused of taking part in an armed home-invasion robbery were charged Monday in Yellowstone County Justice Court.
Jonathon Grimaldo Castro, 22, and Richard Bernard Moser, 19, appeared by video from the county jail on a charge of felony robbery. Judge Larry Herman set bond for both men at $20,000.
Castro and Moser were arrested late Sunday after Billings police received a report at 11:48 p.m. that four armed men had forced their way into a house on 31st Street West.
Prosecutors said a teenager and his 87-year-old grandmother were at the house when the men threatened them, demanded money and searched the house for valuables. The teen said he was struck with a shotgun by one of the intruders.
An officer responding to the call saw a red passenger car matching a description provided by the teen victim and followed the car. The car came to a stop in a parking lot and three men jumped out and ran away.
The officer said he found three firearms in the car, including an AR-15, an AK-47 and a .22-caliber pistol. He also found several jars full of marijuana, court records state.
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Other officers searching the area found Castro and Moser and arrested them.
Castro is alleged to have admitted to the robbery. He said he and Moser met up with a friend named Chris and another man he identified as Djovan King. The four drove around drinking when King suggested they commit a robbery, court records state.
A duffel bag in the car driven by King contained a shotgun, a pistol, a Taser and bandanas, which they wore over their faces during the robbery.
Castro told police he remained at the front door with the Taser during the robbery while the other men took televisions, jars of marijuana and firearms from the residence.
Police on Monday did not release any information about the two suspects who were not immediately apprehended. It was unclear if the robbery is connected to a similar crime reported on March 11.
In that case, two men dressed in black and armed with handguns broke into a house on Arlington Avenue SW just before 6:30 a.m. The robbery remains under investigation by the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office.