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A third man accused of participating in an armed robbery on Tuesday morning at the Albany Go Wireless store, 1365 Clay St. SE, was arraigned in Linn County Circuit Court on Thursday afternoon.

Christopher Orlando Rodriguez, 33, of Sacramento, was charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree robbery, second-degree kidnapping, attempted second-degree kidnapping, coercion and aggravated first-degree theft.

Those are the same charges that codefendants Vitaliy Derkach and Yuriy Mishchuk face.

Judge Daniel Murphy set Rodriguez’ bail at $100,000.

Judge David Delsman set Derkach and Mishchuk’s security at $500,000 each during an arraignment on Wednesday.

A probable cause affidavit in the case states that the robbery suspects stuffed cellular phones from the Verizon dealership into two large trash bags, including a phone that had a tracking device.

Authorities were able to use the tracking device to follow the suspects to Salem. Police contacted Rodriguez walking outside an apartment complex in the 3600 block of Ward Drive and he began having reactions from an apparent heroin overdose.

A short time later, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office received a report that two men had just entered a nearby residence. Derkach and Mishchuk were apprehended in the back yard of the home.

The robbery victim, a Go Wireless employee, told authorities that she was working on an account when she heard someone enter the store. According to the PC affidavit, she said she saw a man approach while a pointing a gun at her. His face was covered and he was wearing sunglasses and he told her it was a robbery.

Another male entered the store and they forced her to walk back to the office and told her to open the safe.

“(The victim) reported the males were arguing about what to do with her and she told them not to hurt her as she was panicking from seeing the guns,” the PC affidavit states.

The males stole cell phones and a deposit box containing $340. According to the PC affidavit, the items stolen from the safe were worth $25,000.

When the suspects were done emptying the safe, they tried to zip-tie the victim to a chair, but she refused at least twice. After the suspects left, she set the store alarm and called police, according to the PC affidavit.

The Nissan Altima the suspects reportedly used to flee the area was rented by Derkach’s sister in Portland and was supposed to be turned in at the Sacramento International Airport on Tuesday, the PC affidavit states. Two trash bags with cell phones, two pistols, the deposit box from the safe, and credit and/or bank cards from Derkach and Mishchuk were found in the vehicle.

When Mishchuk was arrested, he was found in possession of a lanyard from a man who had reported his Toyota Prius stolen from California on Feb. 20. That vehicle was reported running, with the windows rolled down, in the 700 block of Davidson Street in Albany at about 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, according to the PC affidavit.

Rodriguez was charged with possession of heroin and giving false information to a peace officer on Wednesday in Marion County Circuit Court. His bail in that case was set at $10,000, and he was scheduled to enter a plea on March 12.

Oregon’s online court database did not show active cases in Marion County for Derkach and Mishchuk as of Thursday afternoon.

Kyle Odegard can be reached at, 541-812-6077 or via Twitter @KyleOdegard.


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