Cops and Courts: Arrest made in robbery case

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer

Police have arrested a Clovis man and issued two more arrest warrants in connection with an armed robbery at an apartment Aug. 15, police said.

Stephen Levenshown, 21, was arrested Friday and is being held on $100,00 bond at the Curry County Detention Center, jail officials said.

Warrants were issued Wednesday for Randy Valderas, 18, and Robert Reese, 19, Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney said.

A fourth male has not yet been identified.

The four male suspects forced their way into an apartment, threatened a male victim at gun point and beat him, and stole an Xbox video game system, Whitney said.

The victim was treated at Plains Regional Medical Center and released, Whitney said.

The robbery occurred around 11 p.m. in the 1000 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Witnesses were able to identify Levenshown, Valderas and Reese, police said.

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Charges have been dropped against a 92-year-old Clovis man accused of hitting a police officer with his vehicle in the days after the March 23 tornado, according to court records.

Andrea Reeb of the District Attorney’s office said a grand jury did not find probable cause Clinton McDaniel intended to assault an officer and the case was dismissed.

“My case was (dismissed), that’s always good news,” McDaniel said, referring further questions to his attorney.

McDaniel was arrested April 29, charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer. Police said he hit an officer with his vehicle after officers refused to let him through a checkpoint in the tornado aftermath.

McDaniel’s attorney, Dan Lindsey, said his client depends on oxygen and was trying to reach his home because his oxygen supply was critically low. He said McDaniel panicked and drove through the checkpoint after being turned away from three other checkpoints.

“It was just a horrible, horrible situation for him, and it was not handled in a compassionate manner at all,” Lindsey said.

Cops and Courts is compiled by CNJ staff writer Sharna Johnson. She can be contacted at 763-6991 or:
sharna_johnson@link.freedom.com