Missoula Man Charged With Robbery – Assault With A Weapon
34 year-old Keith Shinn is in the Missoula County Jail charged with a probation violation, along with assault with a weapon and robbery, following an incident that allegedly occurred on August 11.
Court documents indicate that a homeowner on 21st Street was walking his dog at about 5:30 a.m. when he heard a noise, and saw the defendant and a female companion running from his vehicle, a small Toyota pickup. There were items on the driveway indicating that the two had broken into his truck.
The victim was able to detail the female, when the male approached him with a knife and waved it at him just a few feet away. The victim then let the female up and they escaped. He told police they had stolen several items from his truck, including his registration and proof of insurance.
On August 18, Detective Mitch Lang interviewed Shinn about another robbery from a garage while he was armed with a knife, Shinn acknowledged the August 11 incident and said he thought the man was hurting his girlfriend and threatened him with the knife. He said 'I would have used force on him, yes'.
Shinn told detectives that he and his female partner had been breaking into several vehicles that night in order to steal items to support their methamphetamine addictions.
Deputy Missoula County Attorney Brittany Santorno asked for bail to run consecutively with his bail already set in a previous aggravated burglary charge.
"This defendant is charged with robbery and assault with a weapon for pulling a knife and threatening a man who had stopped his girlfriend after they broke into his truck and stole several items," Santorno said. "He also has a pending petition to revoke for a 2013 methamphetamine conviction, so he currently has three pending felonies pending."
Judge Ryan Phelen set bail at $10,000 to run consecutively with his other cases.