Teens accused in robberies

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer

Two Clovis teens have been charged in connection with robberies that took place about the same time and place a homicide occurred last week.

District Attorney Matt Chandler said the teens have not been charged in connection with the killing.

“Additional information is being collected, (investigators) are completing interviews and waiting for some forensic evidence,” Chandler said, as officials investigate whether the events are related.

Forensic test results could take up to 30 days, Chandler said.

Emmett Salisbury, 36, was killed Jan. 7 in a small store at 701 E. Grand Ave. by a single gunshot wound to the chest, officials said. Chandler said medical investigators have placed Salisbury’s time of death between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Larry McClendon, 19, and Anthony Wallace, 18, were charged with four counts each of robbery and attempt to commit a violent felony, Lt. Patrick Whitney of the Clovis Police Department said Tuesday.

They are being held at the Curry County Adult Detention Center on $250,000 bonds.

A third man is being sought in connection with the robberies, Whitney said.

“We’re still investigating who pulled the trigger. We’re not saying that any of these guys committed the homicide, that is under investigation, but they are people of interest,” he said.

Information received by investigators indicates Wallace and McClendon knew Salisbury, according to Chandler.

McClendon and Wallace are accused of robbing two men at gunpoint in a car outside Salibury’s store about 8 p.m. the night of the shooting, according to an arrest affidavit filed Tuesday morning in Curry County Magistrate Court. About 30 minutes later, the teens attempted to rob two others who stopped by the store, the arrest affidavit alleges.

A man who had been installing surveillance equipment at Salisbury’s store said when he returned to the car outside the store there were two men he later identified as McClendon and Wallace in the back seat holding his friend at gunpoint. They demanded his money. He gave them $42 and they got out of the car, records show.

Approximately 30 minutes later, another acquaintance of Salisbury told police he and his mother took food to Salisbury at the store. He left his mother waiting in the car while he took the food inside, the affidavit said.

His mother told police two men came up to the window and pointed a gun at her head, banging on the window. When her son returned and got in the car, the men again approached the car with a gun and demanded they open the window but they were able to get away, records show.

Investigators collected a handgun, fingerprints, a computer and cell phone from the store in addition to a disposable cup, a soda can, a soda bottle, a pack of cigarettes and several other items, according to two search warrants filed Thursday in the 9th Judicial District Court.