Another man arrested in robbery, beating of Missoula store clerk

2013-01-19T05:30:00Z 2013-11-06T18:49:04Z Another man arrested in robbery, beating of Missoula store clerkBy Gwen Florio of the Missoulian missoulian.com

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.

Missoulian reporter Gwen Florio can be reached at 523-5268, gwen.florio@missoulian.com, or @CopsAndCourts.

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  1. mollytower85
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    mollytower85 - January 19, 2013 1:51 pm
    @ raptor53, This guy was STILL hanging out with these scumbags even if the charges were dropped against him. Do YOU hang out with scumbags that do horrible things like these people? I didn't think so. And don't tell me I'm missing the point. The fact is these football players are criminals, and many athletes are worldwide. Of course the news is gonna emphasize this. Otherwise it wouldn't be juicy.
  2. raptor53
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    raptor53 - January 19, 2013 11:41 am
    it really is ethically a low for the Missoulian to sensationalize that it was 2 former Griz players and then never actually report that one of these former players had all charges dropped against him because it was a mistake to charge him in the first place as the poor guy was asleep at the time of the incident ! I believe he deserves the air cleared and same for the Griz. A cheap shot on both. It is only right that when you report someone being charged it should like wise be reported when the charges are dropped and why.
  3. RPT
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    RPT - January 19, 2013 8:05 am
    I wonder if these idiots have done the math yet on each of their cut on this brilliant heist?.. As I understand it they got away with about $90 or around $18 apiece.
    Guess there really is no known cure for ‘Stupid’.... Their parents must be soooooooooo proud.
  4. walter12
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    walter12 - January 19, 2013 7:36 am
    It is a GD shame that this type of scum did not go back to their previous cities when they left UM.
  5. Re-Made in Montana
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    Re-Made in Montana - January 18, 2013 7:31 pm
    The clerk should have shot every one of them- dead. I hope that those night clerks who choose to will learn from this and get a gun and learn how to use it. You're sitting ducks.
  6. cc
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    cc - January 18, 2013 3:54 pm
    The charge should be attempted murder!! Take this trash out and dump it in the midde of Flathead Lake.
  7. Aberdeen
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    Aberdeen - January 18, 2013 3:31 pm
    You failed to mention Mr. Thibideaux's academic and athletic background: where did he go to school (college and/or High School); what teams did he play/not play on? Seems like an important part of most Missoulian Crime stories these days!
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