An Orofino man accused of binding two women with rope and robbing them at gunpoint of jewelry and prescription medications has been charged with three felony counts.
Jacob Vincent Taylor, 28, is charged with robbery, first-degree kidnapping and burglary. Taylor had bond set at $100,000 Tuesday in Nez Perce County 2nd District Court. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 18.
Police say Taylor and an unidentified man – both wearing black ski masks – entered a home Oct. 4 on the 2100 block of Ninth Avenue in Lewiston and reportedly ordered one of the female victims to drop a 1-year-old child she was holding and walk down to the basement of the home. Taylor and the unidentified man reportedly brandished what appeared to be pistols and bound the woman’s hands and ankles, forcing her to lie face down, according to court records. The woman’s roommate was taking a shower at the time and allegedly also was bound and forced into the basement along with the child. The men pried open a safe and stole several items from the home.
Taylor was arrested four days later after his girlfriend was contacted and discovered to be allegedly harboring him.
Lewiston police Lt. Jeff Klone said Taylor has been uncooperative with investigators and refuses to identify his alleged accomplice. Klone said the second suspect remains unidentified, and officers are trying to find him.
After the two men left the home, the women were able to make their way upstairs and cut the binds from each other. The fianci of one of the victims returned home, and a call was placed to emergency dispatchers. As police arrived, an officer reportedly observed the fianci, Juan Enriquez, putting items into the trunk of his car. Officers asked what was inside and he refused to let them open it. A firearm was found in the home, and determined to be owned by Enriquez. He has a felony conviction and is barred from owning a firearm. Police arrested Enriquez.
A drug-sniffing dog responded to the scene and alerted officers to the odor of possible drugs in the car Enriquez had been loading. The car was impounded and officers applied for a warrant to search the contents of the car since Enriquez refused to allow police to look inside. Court records indicate a warrant was granted and suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia was later found inside the car.
The victims told investigators one of the men who robbed them at one point lifted up his mask and was identified as Taylor, an acquaintance of Enriquez’s. The women told investigators that Taylor had visited the home a couple of months prior and borrowed $50 from Enriquez.
Taylor was arrested Sunday following a traffic stop involving his girlfriend’s vehicle. An officer stopped Sandi Jo Allen after identifying her and noted she had an expired driver’s license. Allen at first told the arresting officer she didn’t know where Taylor was. The officer looked in the back seat and saw Taylor hiding underneath a dog and several items of clothing. Officers arrested Taylor and Allen without incident. As she was being arrested, Allen allegedly told officers she “(didn’t) think he did it,” referring to Taylor and the robbery.
First-degree kidnapping carries the death penalty, but Nez Perce County Prosecutor Justin Coleman said he will not be seeking it. Kidnapping is otherwise punishable by up to life in prison. Burglary carries a punishment of at least one year and up to 10 years in prison. Robbery is punishable by at least five years and up to life in prison.