Armed robbery suspect waives preliminary hearing

by Kurtis Workman Press Staff Writer

The Power County Press of American Falls, Idaho

Alleged armed robber Lakota Bayya, 19, of American Falls, through his attorney waived his right to a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, Jan. 22.

Prior to Bayya foregoing the preliminary hearing Power County Deputy Prosecutor Ryan Sergeant made a motion to add an additional charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Bayya had previously pleaded guilty to a drug related felony in Oregon.

Bayya is accused of robbing Mr. Petrol's Pantry at gunpoint on Saturday, Jan. 11. Bayya report edly fled with money, but was apprehended less than an hour later.

Shortly after Bayya waived the hearing, Mr. Petrol's Pantry owner George Udy expressed his relief over the safety of the victim.

"This could have ended so much differently. I am so relieved our employee is safe. The money is really beside the point. The fact that she is not physically hurt is the important part. You can't take away the emotional injury, but this could have been far more tragic. We are thankful it was not," said Udy.

Bayya will return to District Court on Thursday, Feb. 13.

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