On June 19, 2022, at approximately 10:50 p.m., a Missoula Police Department officer received a dispatch to a residence in the 1700 block of Cooley Street for a report of a robbery. Dispatch notes advised the complainant's mother-in-law called the complainant crying and stated she was attacked by Mariah and her boyfriend.

Notes further advised the suspects had taken her wallet and also tried to take her purse. The complainant advised she was en route to meet with the victim. An officer arrived on the scene and met with the complainant and the victim. Police Public Information Officer Lydia Arnold explains.

“Officer had responded to an elderly victim in distress,” Arnold said. “When officers arrived, they observed a scene that indicated a struggle had taken place. The victim was visibly upset and had visible injuries. The victim gave a detailed statement to officers on what had taken place. Officer spoke to a witness who provided a statement that was consistent with the information that was provided by the victim.”

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The suspects were identified as Kyle Silvey and Mariah Clark. Clark came to the victim’s residence to confront her about past statements. The victim said Clark knocked on her door and then immediately entered the residence of her own accord. Clark immediately became verbally combative.

Throughout this altercation, the victim continually told Clark to leave. According to the victim, Clark said "no" and made statements to the effect of "I'm not leaving" and "I'm taking the wallet." The wallet in question was a Brahm wallet valued at $350 which had been given to the victim by Clark in the past. The victim stated Clark grabbed the wallet out of her purse and started pulling items out of the wallet. The victim continued to tell Clark to leave and began attempting to usher her towards the front door.

When she did this, the victim said Clark "came at me," and demonstrated this by lunging toward the officer. The victim, already in fear of the aggressive and uninvited confrontation, struck Clark in the mouth with a closed fist in self-defense. According to court documents, the victim is sixty years old and Clark is twenty-eight.

Once the victim punched Clark in the mouth, Clark began yelling. Upon hearing this, Clark's boyfriend, Silvey, entered the residence and immediately attacked the victim. The victim said Silvey grabbed her by both arms and threw her across the living room.

At this point, both Silvey and Clark grabbed the victim’s purse and began emptying it. Silvey then threw the purse on the ground, and he and Clark left the scene with the wallet.

“The suspects, Silvey and Clark, had left the residence where the burglary had taken place,” Arnold said. “Officers had intel on the vehicle Silvey and Clark were driving. Officers located the vehicle and the vehicle was unoccupied. Officers waited and Silvey and Clark approached the vehicle. Officers made contact with Silvey and Clark. Silvey was cooperative, but Clark tried to run from the officers. Officers were able to stop Clark. At the jail, staff located three pills on Silvey that tested presumptive positive of Fentanyl.”

Silvey and Clark are both currently being charged with felony aggravated burglary and felony intimidation. Silvey faces an additional felony charge of criminal possession of dangerous drugs.

The information in this article was obtained from sources that are publicly viewable.

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