Robbery suspect arrested and booked in jail in Oregon
Robbery is defined as the act of theft or larceny of money or property through the use of physical force, threat and fear against the victim. Armed or aggravated robbery is further defined by any robbery with the use of a deadly weapon where a victim may suffer some injury.
Recently, a clerk in Aloha, Oregon, was allegedly robbed by an unidentified man. The 32-year-old victim was apparently locking up when the accused man ran at her and hit her on the head with a solid object. The man allegedly took an unspecified amount of money and lottery tickets during the armed robbery. The suspect, however, was not found by the police at that point. The suspect apparently had tried to cash the lottery tickets unsuccessfully. The investigation was still underway.
The basic elements of robbery are threefold. First, there must be an intention of theft or stealing. Second, there has to be a threat of the person or property of another. Third, there must be a victim present from whom the property is taken with force or threat. Thus, the property must be taken against the owner's will.
The responsibility of proof in a robbery case lies with the prosecution. Like in all criminal cases, the prosecution has to prove that the suspect was guilty of robbery beyond a reasonable doubt in order to convict that person on an armed robbery charge. But, there could be potential defenses to these types of charges, which is why it is so important for a criminal suspect to immediately begin to assess their options after an arrest.