A Calera man was charged Thursday with armed robbery after Durant Police said he pulled a knife on a man whose truck was broken down on the side of the road.
John Taylor St. Clair, 26, is accused of threatening a man with a knife and then taking a rifle out of his truck.
Police began investigating after Officer Brandon Carbaugh was dispatched at 4:23 a.m. Thursday to Highway 78 between Rodeo Road and Chuck’s Corner after police received a call about men unloading guns and electronics from one pickup to another.
Carbaugh, according to an affidavit, observed a Dodge pickup and then saw a Chevrolet pickup driving off. Carbaugh pulled it over and discovered it was occupied by three men identified as Levi St. Clair, 18, Carl Musial, 45, and John St. Clair. Carbaugh asked if there were any guns in the truck and Levi, the driver, said there was a gun in the bed of the truck.
Carbaugh observed a Marlin .22-caliber rifle in the back of the truck. Officer Russell Harkey and Lt. Brad Nelson arrived and Nelson questioned Levi, who said said he was going to Roberta to pick up his brother John, who was walking home, the affidavit states.
After picking him up, Levi said he told John about a man who was broken down on the side of the road and asked if he wanted to help. John agreed, according to the affidavit, and when they found the man, later identified as Musial, walking in an area of new construction, they stopped and picked him up. John then pulled a knife on Musial and told him if he tried anything, he would cut him, the affidavit states.
They then drove back to Musial’s truck, and according to the affidavit, John found the rifle behind the seat and put it in his brother’s truck. Levi said he then grabbed the rifle and put it back in the other truck, but John then went and got the rifle back, and this time, Levi said he wrestled it away from him, locked the doors to the pickup and told his brother to get in back.
The affidavit states that John then told him if he would put the gun in the back of the truck that he would get in, according to Levi’s statements. After Levi put the gun in back, John got in the truck and they were pulled over after they drove away.
Police found a two-bladed pocket knife in John’s right, front jeans pocket, according to the affidavit, and he appeared intoxicated.
Officer Shane Walker took Musial to the police department for questioning. The affidavit states that Musial identified the knife as the one that was pulled on him. Musial said the man with the knife repeatedly said he was going to cut him, and that he was in fear of his life the entire time.
John St. Clair was also charged with possession of a firearm after former conviction of a felony. According to court records, he was convicted of second-degree burglary in 2010. His bond was set at $45,000.