A Smithton man will need to post a cash or surety bond of $50,000 to get out of jail on charges of robbery and assault following his alleged violent collection of $7 toward an unpaid marijuana debt.
Pettis County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Schyler A. Ray, 20, of the 2100 block of Glenn Road in Smithton, on Wednesday. The following day prosecutors charged him with second-degree robbery, a class B felony, and third-degree assault, a misdemeanor.
Spokespersons for the Sheriff’s Office said more arrests are anticipated.
According to court documents, the victim and his girlfriend met with Ray and another individual at a rock quarry in the county after Ray asked if they wanted to go smoke marijuana. When the victim arrived at the quarry, Ray began assaulting him, allegedly yelling, “this is what happens when you (expletive) people over.”
The person with Ray allegedly held the victim’s girlfriend and threw her to the ground as the victim was assaulted, telling the girlfriend that she (the person with Ray) and Ray were the leaders of a gang she called MS-13.
The victim’s girlfriend gave Ray all the money she had, $7, out of fear of continued harm and in attempt to get Ray to allow them to leave, according to court documents.
After leaving, the four individuals drove to a local fast-food restaurant to meet the man whom the $200 marijuana debt was owed to. During the investigation, it was discovered that the fast-food worker/marijuana dealer allegedly paid Ray to “beat up” the victim, according to court documents.
Deputies said Ray admitted to the assault during questioning. The victim was treated at Bothwell Regional Health Center for injuries stemming from the assault.