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Sturgis Assault Suspects
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Sturgis Assault Suspects
Four people arrested in connection with Sturgis assault
News Staff - November 9, 2017

STURGIS, S.D. – Authorities say four people have been arrested and charged in connection with an alleged plot to steal money from an acquaintance during a violent home invasion.

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says the arrests stem from the home invasion which took place on Saturday, November 4th.

According to court papers, police in Sturgis were called to a home in the 1200 block of Ball Park Road at about 7:15 a.m. Saturday. A 54-year-old woman said three men with masks broke into her home and demanded the PIN to a debit card because her son owed them $8,000.

The victim told officers that she was punched and kicked while bound by tape and shot several times with a BB gun. She was transported to Sturgis Hospital and transferred to Rapid City Regional for surgery.

Officers discovered messages from 18-year-old Azariah Conley of Sturgis sent to another member of the woman's family that detailed the home robbery. In the online exchange, he reported bragging about the crime and being wanted for attempted murder.

Conley and three others in a pickup were stopped by a Lawrence County Sheriff's deputy on Monday and were arrested. They have been charged with attempted murder, aggravated second-degree kidnapping, first-degree burglary, aggravated assault and identity theft.

Along with Conley, the three other people charged are from Fort Collins, Colorado. They are 19-year-old Moses Isai Avila,  18-year-old Elizabeth Loraine Mauk and 18-year-old Armando Validivia.

While in custody, Conley and two of the other suspects admitted their role in the robbery to investigators. Court papers detailed how Mauk drove the group first to the woman's house and then to multiple gas stations to use the debit card.

All three said Moses Avila and a 13-year-old boy were also involved in the crime.



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