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2 Charged for attempted armed robbery in Washington, Mo.

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Oscar Rivera and Ciera Ruengert have been charged with first degree robbery, armed criminal action and endangering the welfare of a child By Ryan Storz Oscar Rivera and Ciera Ruengert have been charged with first degree robbery, armed criminal action and endangering the welfare of a child By Ryan Storz

WASHINGTON, Mo. (KMOV) --  Washington Police have arrested two people suspected in an attempted armed robbery at a gaming store.

The attempted robbery occurred at the Game Depot in the 500 block of E. 5th Street around 2:13 p.m. on Thursday.

First degree robbery, armed criminal action and second degree endangering the welfare of a child charges have been filed against Oscar Rivera, 20, New Haven and Ciera J. Ruengert, 21, New Haven.

Bond was set at $100,000 cash-only for both suspects. 

About 10 minutes prior to the robbery, police say Ruengert walked into the store wearing a hat and facial covering entered the store. She looked around and exited the store, but a couple minutes later, Rivera entered without concealing his identity. He left the store, but minutes later, both the suspects returned, displaying a handgun. Ruengert demanded money from the cash register. 

The store owner’s wife grabbed her handgun and a struggle ensued. The owner of the store then produced his own handgun and struck the female in the head with it, which caused her gun to drop to the floor. The owner's wife grabbed the suspect by the hair in an attempt to hold her. Both suspects were able to flee, but left the gun behind.

"She [pointed] the gun at me and said, 'Open the register!' I said 'Okay, okay, just calm down,'" the store owner said. "We struggled. I told her to drop it. She didn't so I said, 'If you don't drop it, I'll shoot you' and she still [kept] fighting."

Both suspects were identified as New Haven, Missouri residents. Police in New Haven advised that Rivera was assigned an ankle monitoring GPS device due to a previous robbery he is suspected of. Washington Police contacted the company assigned to monitor Rivera and learned he was in the 500 block of MacArthur Street in Washington at the same time as the robbery.

Authorities continued monitoring and learned that at about 8:15 p.m., the suspect's location was westbound on Interstate 44 at Highway 141. Officers set up along Highway 100 at the Washington city limits to intercept him. Police stopped the car at Highway 100 and Roy Drive where the suspects were arrested.

Police say they discovered the two suspects were looking for stores to shoplift and rob from to supplement their heroin habit. 

Ruengert had lacerations to her head with dried blood matted in her hair. The suspects' 1-year-old child was in the vehicle and the Division of Family Services took custody of the child. 

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