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Police arrest man for aggravated robbery

(File photo; Trevor T. Trujillo, Cap City)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – A 35-year old man faces a count of Aggravated Robbery after law enforcement says that he robbed a Cheyenne convenience store in late April.

According to court papers, Christopher Jantti made his initial appearance in Laramie County Circuit Court on May 28th, 2020 to hear the felony charge of Aggravated Robbery with a Deadly Weapon read to him.

The Cheyenne Police Department reports that one of their officers responded to a robbery call at a convenience store on the 3000 block of E. Lincolnway on April 29th, 2020.

During an interview with an employee of the store, the officer was told that a suspect, later identified as Jantti, approached the front counter and requested a carton of cigarettes. It is alleged that when informed of the total cost, Jantti told the employee to give him all of the money in the register instead.

The employee advised police that Jantti said something to the effect of “Don’t make me shoot you” with his right hand in his front pocket.

An affidavit filed in the case says that the employee reported to authorities that Jantti threatened to shoot them several times.

Investigators say that they were able to identify Jantti through video footage of the robbery.

It is alleged that Jantti admitted to police that he had attempted to steal cigarettes and to threatening the employee while at the store. Court papers report that during a search of Jantti’s backpack, a shirt matching the one seen worn by the robbery suspect in the video footage was also found.

Any individual convicted of Aggravated Robbery with a Deadly Weapon can face up to 25 years in prison and/or a fine of up to 10k.

All of those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. Charges are subject to change following official filings from the Laramie County District Attorney’s Office.