Three Faulkner County teens pleaded not guilty Tuesday to felony charges stemming from a Jan. 12 aggravated robbery incident.
Nathan Casey, 17, Wayne Schutz III, 17, and Wayland Schutz, 19, are each charged as adults in Faulkner County Circuit Court. Each teen faces three counts each of aggravated robbery and is currently being held in the county jail in lieu of a $500,000 bond.
The three teens appeared in circuit court Tuesday morning and pleaded not guilty to the aforementioned charges.
Court records show the charges stem from an aggravated robbery incident the Faulkner County Sheriff's Office responded to on Jan. 12 on Easterpoint Road in Mayflower. Felony charges were formally filed Jan. 16.
The three victims were sitting in their vehicle in a church parking lot when they noticed three teens running into the road and stopped to see if the teens needed any help before they were reportedly attacked.
"They said [three] males were seen running into the road and when they slowed down to check if anybody needed help the three male suspects began to yell at them," according to a probable cause affidavit. "The victims were unsure what was going on so they continued driving. The three male suspects [who were riding with another woman and her 9-month-old child] then began to give chase in a vehicle after the victims."
Court documents state that the suspect vehicle "pulled around the victim's car and blocked them from passing" as two teens jumped from the vehicle and held the victims at gunpoint.
"According to the victims, at least two male suspects got out of the car," the report reads. "One with a wooden stick or club and the other with a gun. The suspect with a gun went to the passenger window and demanded everyone in the car to 'empty your pockets' while pointing a gun at them. The victims then began [to] back out to flee the situation and the suspect with the club began to strike [the] windshield of the victim's car, causing it to be destroyed."
When speaking with the victims following the incident, authorities located a wooden stick that was lodged under the lower front bumper of the victim's vehicle. Deputies first thought the woman had run over a stick, but learned it was a weapon used during the attack upon further investigation.
"I thought that maybe she had ran over something while trying to evade the suspects," one deputy said after initially seeing the stick under the victim's bumper. "I pulled the object from the grille and it appeared to be a wooden shovel handle wrapped in tape and having a heavy piece of metal pipe on the end."
When the deputy asked the driver about the stick under her car and she said she was unaware it was there but that it was the club one of the teens used to hit her vehicle.
Casey, Schutz III and Schutz are each scheduled to appear at 9 a.m. April 24 in Faulkner County Circuit Court for a pretrial hearing regarding the aforementioned charges.