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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Utah

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 20, 2014

Pair Charged in Federal Indictment with Armed Robbery of Smith’s Store in Price

            SALT LAKE CITY - A grand jury returned an indictment Wednesday afternoon charging Dominic Matthew Martinez, age 28, of Salt Lake City, and Jennifer Meradee Tryon, age 43, of Price, with a Nov. 26, 2013, armed robbery of Smith’s Food and Drug located at 1075 East Main Street in Price.

            The indictment also alleges they used a firearm during a crime of violence. Martinez is charged in the final count of the indictment with possession of a firearm and ammunition following a felony conviction.

            Martinez and Tryon are in state custody. A federal arrest warrant has been issued in the case.

            The potential maximum penalty for robbery under the federal Hobbs Act is 20 years in prison. Brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence carries a potential life sentence with a seven-year mandatory minimum sentence. Possession of a firearm by a restricted person has a potential 10-year sentence.

            The robbery occurred about 11 a.m. on Nov. 26. Surveillance footage of the robbery was obtained from the store along with other evidence. Martinez and Tryon were identified as suspects in the case after an investigation by the Price Police Department, the Utah Department of Public Safety, the ATF and the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated March 17, 2015