Another man was arrested Friday in connection with a robbery at a convenience store earlier this month during which a clerk was beaten with aluminum baseball bats.
Tureadon Ehud Thibodeaux, 19, was ordered held on $100,000 bail on charges of assault with a weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery.
Four other men also are being held on $100,000 bail apiece in the same incident: Andrew Lloyd Badger, 25; Cruz Sebastian Bernardi, 21; Devon Kainalu Kamaka, 19; and Ikaika Kaleo Kamaka, 20. All four are charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and assault with a weapon.
“I understand we have a lot of co-defendants in jail,” Missoula County Justice of the Peace Karen Orzech said Friday during Thibodeaux’s initial court appearance. “Are we going to be able to keep them away from each other?”
Jail staff assured her that, while “it hasn’t been easy,” they’d do so.
Thibodeaux allegedly accompanied Badger and Devon Kamaka into Jay’s Mart on 39th Street on Jan. 8, according to charging documents in the case. All three men wore black, with hoods pulled over their heads, and two of the men struck clerk Patrick Bendig with the bats, according to an affidavit filed by Deputy Missoula County Attorney Jason Marks.
The men fled with the store’s cash register, which they later opened with a screwdriver, using the cash to pay rent, according to the affidavit.
Bernardi said he acted as a lookout during the robbery and stated he was the one who owned the bats used in the robbery, court documents said. He said in court that he’s a full-time University of Montana student.
Badger is a former UM Grizzlies football player, and was suspended from playing with the Missoula Phoenix, a Rocky Mountain Football League team, until the allegations are resolved. The Kamaka brothers are former members of the University of Montana-Western football team.
Although Timothy Lamar Parks, 26, was booked into Missoula County jail with the four others shortly after the incident, he was released after posting bond and has not been charged in the case, according to the Missoula County Attorney’s Office.
A fund to help Bendig with medical and other expenses has been set up at Mountain West Bank.