On Saturday night, three individuals entered a home on Sherwood Street in Missoula and robbed three residents at gunpoint.

Two of the three suspects appeared in Missoula Justice Court on Monday. According to court documents, 25 year-old Jaray Syring produced a handgun and asked the residents ‘Do you want to die tonight?’ He allegedly pointed his .45 caliber handgun at them and stated ‘I will shoot you’.

Two other suspects were also identified, one was 24 year-old Samantha Lien, who along with a third suspect not yet in custody, wore masks on their faces.

At Syring’s Justice Court appearance, Deputy Missoula County Attorney Mark Handelman asked Judge Landee Holloway for $50,000 bond.

“The defendant went into a home with two other co-defendants and pointed a gun at the occupants, threatening to kill them while asking for their money and other valuables,” said Handelman. “The defendant currently has another open felony case with the same prosecutor and is therefore failing to abide by court orders. We are also asking for no contact with the victims and no contact with the other two co-defendants.

Judge Holloway set bail at $50,000.

Samantha Lien
Samantha Lien

The other in-custody defendant, Samantha Lien, also appeared in Justice Court on Monday before Judge Marie Anderson. The prosecutor was Deputy County Attorney Brittany Williams, who also asked for bail of $50,000.

“This defendant went to the home in question with two other co-defendants and she had a nine millimeter pistol in her possession,” Williams said. “She helped facilitate the theft that ensued. She appeared to be supporting either her own drug habit or debt, or for a co-defendant. She admitted that it was her idea to steal from the victims. Her co-defendants had two pistols aimed at the victims.”

Judge Anderson set bond at $40,000 for Lien. The third defendant, is still at large and is being sought by Missoula Police.

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