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New counts filed in gun shop heist

2 more named in New Haven armed robbery

Paschall

– Two more men have been accused in the November robbery of a New Haven gun shop.

According to a federal indictment unsealed last month, Devonte Travier, 19, and Orlando Paschall, whose last known age was 21, are each accused of committing armed robbery and using a firearm in a crime of violence.

While the indictment accuses the pair of an unspecific robbery on Nov. 13, additional court documents filed in the case link the pair to the Nov. 13 robbery of Shooters Gun Shop at 660 Lincoln Highway West. Two men have already pleaded guilty to the robbery – Craig Devonte Whigum, 20, and Brenton Ennis, 19.

At the time of the robbery, Paschall and an unnamed juvenile were mentioned by police as having been involved. Paschall was initially charged with the robbery in Allen Superior Court, but those charges were dismissed soon after the arrest. The juvenile was never named.

Either Ennis or Whigum asked to see a firearm, and when the store owner went to get it, the robber pulled his own gun and pointed it at the owner, court documents allege.

A customer told police the other robber pointed a gun at him and demanded money and his car keys. After the customer handed over the items, the robber punched him in the face and hit him multiple times, court records said.

The store owner’s own gun was taken from him, as well as his wallet, which contained $1,200 in store money he was going to deposit at a bank.

One of the robbers threatened to kill him and threw him to the floor, according to court documents.

Ennis and Whigum fled the store with numerous handguns, three long guns and ammunition, court records said.

They drove off, and the owner called police, court records said.

After police gave chase and deployed “stop sticks,” the car crashed into a pickup truck at Anthony Boulevard and McKinnie Avenue.

Whigum, Paschall and the juvenile were taken into custody and Ennis fled.

Filed in May, the indictment against Paschall and Travier was unsealed in July after Travier was arrested. Travier’s attorney is asking his case be separated from that of Paschall, who remains at large.

The request to sever the cases is opposed by federal prosecutors who believe having the cases handled at the same time will not unfairly prejudice each defendant.

A judge has yet to rule on Travier’s request.

rgreen@jg.net

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