(Bozeman, Mont.) Wednesday night Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office arrested Marcus Venturini, a 20-year-old Bozeman resident, for the armed robbery of Casey’s Corner gas station on 26 November. The Sheriff would like to thank the public for their assistance with this case.
The text of the official charging document or Affidavit of Probable Cause appears below:
On November 26, 2016 at approximately 2354 hours Gallatin County Dispatch received a 911 call from 81855 Gallatin Road (Casey’s Corner Gas Station) employee Joseph Grove reporting a robbery in progress.
Your Affiant is aware Grove reported that a male entered the 81855 Gallatin Road store, had knives on his person at that time, and took all the money out of the registers and safe. Your Affiant is aware Grove reported the suspect male fled from the rear of the store after a customer entered.
Your Affiant was the on-call Detective on November 26, 2016 and was dispatched to the location of 81855 Gallatin Road. This address lies wholly within Gallatin County Montana.
Your Affiant is aware that Gallatin County Deputies and Bozeman Police officers responded to the robbery and immediately set up a perimeter of the business. Your Affiant is aware that Deputy Tim Clark and Deputy Randy Schott secured the business with Grove restricting any and all access to the business.
Your Affiant interviewed Grove and learned the following information. Grove reported the male to be between 5 feet 8 inches tall and 5 feet 10 inches tall. Grove reported the male to be slender build wearing a grey shirt with a tan jacket and khaki pants. Grove reported the suspect was wearing a mask but believed he had “dishwater” blonde hair and a deeper voice.
Grove reported that he heard a noise coming from the storage room and went to investigate. Grove reported he entered the hallway near the bathroom and observed the suspect standing in the doorway of the storage room with two large black handled knives that were approximately 12 inches in length. Grove reported the suspect ordered him into the storage room and made Grove empty his pockets in an attempt to locate Grove’s cellular telephone. Grove reported his phone to be in his coat pocket in the employee closet.
Grove informed your Affiant the suspect threatened him with the knives and told him not to “do anything stupid.” Grove reported he felt threatened and knew he could be hurt as a result of the encounter.
Grove reported the suspect then returned to the store and took all the money from the cash registers and also from the safe. Grove reported the suspect returned several times during the robbery to check on him and to make sure he wasn’t “doing something stupid”. Grove reports he remained in the storage room because he didn’t want to get hurt by the suspect. Grove reported he waited until he watched suspect leave out the back door of the business. Grove reports a customer entered the store and he retrieved his cell phone to call 911.
Your Affiant is aware that store manager Samantha Riffe had been contacted and was present at the store. Your Affiant and Riffe went into the business office and reviewed video surveillance from the multiple surveillance cameras present both inside and outside the business. Your Affiant observed a white male approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall enter the store and walk straight into the bathroom. The suspect matched the description provided by Grove. He was wearing a light grey or tan sweater with dark khaki or coyote colored pants and greyish blue shoes with white laces. The suspect was wearing a dark blue or dark grey ski beanie.
Your Affiant observed the suspect stop in front of a surveillance camera with his head down looking at a white cellular telephone. Your Affiant observed from another camera angle when the suspect entered the hallway that the suspect cellular phone was white but appeared to have either grey or blue markings on the cell phone case. Your Affiant observed the suspect holding the phone close to his face suggesting he had poor eye sight or a possible damaged phone screen.
Your Affiant watched the suspect remain in the bathroom for a short period of time before exiting the bathroom and entering the storage room. Your Affiant observed the suspect had pulled the beanie down over his face revealing a ski mask. Your Affiant observed the store employee walk towards the storage room.
Your Affiant observed the suspect exit the storage room wielding two large black handled kitchen knives that were approximately 10-12 inches in length. Your Affiant observed the suspect remove the key for the gas station’s cash registers from a hook hanging on the counter between the registers. Your Affiant observed the suspect open both cash registers and remove money from within and place it into a white plastic bag he took from the counter. Your Affiant observed the suspect take money from a safe located underneath the counter on the east side of the counter, as well.
Riffe informed your Affiant that only someone familiar with their system would know how to retrieve money from their safe. Riffe suggested the robber possibly to be an ex or current employee.
Your Affiant witnessed the suspect return to the storage area to check on the employee several times and then return to the safe several times. Your Affiant observed the suspect enter into the office area and search the office for money. Riffe informed your Affiant she believed that the suspect was a current or past employee because of his actions and where he was looking for money.
Your Affiant witnessed the suspect again return to the safe, the storage room, and the office several more times to vend and search for money. Your Affiant witnessed the suspect point the two large knifes towards the storage room where the employee was in a threatening manner. Your Affiant is aware the suspect remained in the store approximately seventeen (17) minutes.
Your Affiant observed a member of the public drive into the front of the gas station and eventually enter the store. Your Affiant observed that the suspect was vending money from the safe when the customer pulled into the gas station. Your Affiant observed the suspect stand up, remove his mask and calmly but quickly walk out of the store, exiting through the under construction casino portion of the store. Your Affiant was able to capture a screen shot image of the suspects face which was later provided in a press release.
Your Affiant observed the suspect had nearly shoulder length dark blonde hair. Your Affiant observed the suspect was clean shaven with no facial hair and appeared somewhat muscular and in his early twenties.
On December 06, 2016 your Affiant released several images of the suspect in a press release asking for assistance from the public in identifying the suspect. Your Affiant is aware Deputy Jonathan Olson took the report and forwarded the information to your Affiant.
Your Affiant is aware identified the suspect as Marcus Venturini. Your Affiant is aware the identifying person reported Marcus had longer dark blonde hair and physical features that matched the pictures provided to the press. Your Affiant is aware the citizen reported that Venturini worked at Casey’s Corner until he recently quit. Your Affiant is aware the citizen reported Venturini to have a white cellular telephone that he believed to be a galaxy phone with a cracked screen.
Your Affiant performed an investigative search on Venturini. Your Affiant discovered Marcus Lee Venturini DOB 02/03/1996 hereafter referred to as the Defendant, was last known to reside at 883 Longbow Ln # B in Bozeman Montana.
On the morning of December 07, 2016 your Affiant and Detective Matt Boxmeyer responded to 883 Longbow Ln unit #B in Bozeman Montana. Your Affiant made contact with a male later identified as “Morgan E”. Your Affiant identified himself to Morgan and asked to speak with The Defendant. Morgan allowed your Affiant and Detective Boxmeyer into his residence while he retrieved The Defendant.
Inside the residence your Affiant and Detective Boxmeyer observed a greyish blue pair of shoes with white laces on the floor. The shoes matched the shoes your Affiant observed the suspect to be wearing in the video surveillance footage from Casey’s Corner.
Your Affiant observed a male come from the upstairs portion of the residence. Your Affiant immediately recognized the male as The Defendant from both his driver’s license photo and the video surveillance from the gas station the night of the robbery.
Your Affiant informed The Defendant of the ongoing robbery investigation and asked The Defendant to come to the Law and Justice Center to provide a statement. The Defendant agreed and got dressed. Your Affiant observed that The Defendant had a deep sounding voice, which matched the description given of the suspect by Grove. The Defendant then put on the shoes matching those involved in the robbery and accompanied your Affiant to the Law and Justice Center.
Your Affiant asked Detective Sgt. Jeremy Kopp to respond to the 883 Longbow Ln. #B residence to interview the Defendant’s roommates and to ask for permission to search the residence. Your Affiant is aware that Sgt. Kopp interviewed both of The Defendant roommates who both indicated they could not support an alibi for the Defendant on the night of the robbery. Your Affiant is aware that the roommates consented to a search of the common areas of the residence. Your Affiant is aware that Sgt. Kopp located and seized three knives from the common area that matched the knifes used by the suspect during the robbery.
At the Law and Justice Center, your Affiant read The Defendant his Miranda rights. The Defendant indicated he understood his rights and he agreed to speak to your Affiant without counsel present. The interview was both video and audio recorded.
Your Affiant interviewed The Defendant. The Defendant admitted he had worked at the gas station in the past. He confirmed he quit on Halloween night and is still unemployed. Your Affiant asked The Defendant about his cellular telephone. The Defendant reported he had a white Apple Iphone 5 that he recently purchased. The Defendant reported it had a white case with a grey sticker on it that read “Drip Club”.
Your Affiant asked The Defendant to provide an alibi for the night of the robbery. The Defendant was vague and could not recall what he was doing or where he was on the night of the robbery. The Defendant reported he thought he was home at his address in Bozeman hanging out with his roommates. He later admitted one of his roommates was out of town for the Thanksgiving holiday and he thought me was hanging out with his other roommate Morgan. Sgt. Detective Jeremy Kopp interviewed Morgan and confirmed Morgan was at work during the time of the Robbery.
Your Affiant asked The Defendant if he had any involvement in the robbery of Casey’s Corner on or about November 26, 2016. The Defendant denied any involvement. Your Affiant asked The Defendant if he had even been in trouble for stealing. The Defendant first denied that he had prior history with stealing, but then he admitted that he had been caught shoplifting once.
Your Affiant confronted The Defendant about possible evidence that may have been left at the crime scene. The Defendant asserted his right to an attorney and stopped his statement. Your Affiant asked The Defendant for permission to search his person. The Defendant refused to provide permission to search his person.
Your Affiant placed The Defendant into custody and informed him that your Affiant would be applying for a search warrant for his fingerprints, DNA, hair follicle and possibly other items (his shoes). Your Affiant explained that The Defendant was being taken into custody to prevent the destruction of evidence.
Your Affiant applied for and was granted a search warrant out of District Court for the Defendants person to include his DNA, finger Prints, photographs and shoes. Your Affiant was applied for and was granted a search warrant out of District Court for the Defendants residence at 883 Longbow Ln #B.
Your Affiant served and searched The Defendant person for the listed items. He was also advised and provided a copy for the search warrant for his residence. The Defendant was released but remained in the lobby of the Law and Justice Center for a ride.
Your Affiant responded to 883 Longbow Ln # B where Deputy Scott Secor had been securing the residence. Your Affiant along with assistance from Detective Sgt. Kopp and Detective Boxmeyer searched The Defendants residence.
Your Affiant searched and located within The Defendants personal bedroom clothing, cell phones and a dark grey ski mask that were an exact match to the clothing seen in the video surveillance from Casey’s Corner. Your Affiant seized said items and placed them into evidence.
Your Affiant is aware Detective Boxmeyer re-interviewed one of the Defendants roommates. The roommate indicated he had seen the press release after we had arrived at his residence. Your Affiant is aware the roommate also identified The Defendant from the photos in the press release including the clothing he was wearing as the person committing the robbery.
Your Affiant is aware The Defendant is from Kalispell Montana. Your Affiant is aware The Defendant has no ties to this community. He is not employed and has no immediate family members in Gallatin County.
Your Affiant is aware that a person commits the offense of Robbery, 45-5-401 MCA, when in the course of a theft a person inflicts bodily injury upon another or threatens to inflict bodily injury upon any person or purposely or knowingly puts any person in fear of immediate bodily injury or commits or threatens immediately to commit any felony other than theft.
Based on the totality of the investigation including information The Defendant was considered a flight risk; The Defendant was placed under arrest at approximately 1824 hours and charged with the listed offense. He was transported to the Gallatin County Detention Center where he was held on no bond.