Hanging out turns hostile: 2 men arrested for aggravated robbery

ST. GEORGE — Two men were arrested for aggravated robbery Friday following a police investigation.

Brandon Behrle, of St. George, booking photo posted Oct. 10, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff's Office, St. George News
Brandon Behrle, of St. George, booking photo posted Oct. 10, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

The investigation began on Sept. 28 when police responded to a report of a robbery in which a handgun had been used, Sgt. Sam Despain, of the St. George Police Department, said.

The robbery victim told officials that Brandon Behrle, of St. George, and Matthew Stearns, also of St. George, were hanging out at the victim’s house when an argument erupted over some money. During the course of the argument, a handgun was allegedly produced and the men took approximately $500 from the victim.

“We believe … it was Brandon (Behrle) who had the handgun,” Despain said. “But Matthew (Stearns) had knowledge of the handgun as well.”

Stearns and Behrle both fled the scene following the incident, Despain said.

Matthew Stearns, of St. George, booking photo posted Oct. 10, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff's Office, St. George News
Matthew Stearns, of St. George, booking photo posted Oct. 10, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

After a police investigation was conducted, both men were arrested and charged with first-degree felony aggravated robbery. Stearns was also charged with third-degree felony possession of marijuana, which he had at the time of his arrest.

In addition to the robbery charge, Behrle was also booked on an outstanding warrant.

Both men were booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility. Stearns’ bail stands at $12,500 and Behrle’s bail stands at $10,598. Both men remain in custody at the time of this publication.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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5 Comments

  • pnut October 13, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    These kids are punk … lil kids that I know an don’t like! Hope these two sit there for awhile an rot! Its all over weed money!!
    Ed. ellipsis

  • sagemoon October 14, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Robbed a friend? Yep, their scum bags.

  • Koolaid October 14, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Lapse in judgement. No babies were cooked in a car and no animals were molested. Go easy on them.

    • Youareanidiot October 14, 2014 at 7:38 pm

      You must be a retard troll. I bet you would … your panties if they robbed you …
      Ed. ellipses.

  • getitright October 15, 2014 at 11:47 am

    I know all 3 of them personally, the one they robber is a disrespectful punk, that flashes his stuff around he deserved to get robbed, hes lucky, he didn’t end up shot

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