Argument Over Steak Prices Lands Three In Jail

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An argument over the price of beef landed three men in jail Tuesday night.

Two Payson men and a Star Valley resident were arrested for allegedly robbing and assaulting a resident of Young.

Randy Zimmer II, 22, and Todd Temples, 31, both of Payson and Alton Pyburn, 20, from Star Valley were charged with robbery, a Class 3 felony and aggravated assault, a Class 5 felony, said Gila County Sheriff Office Detective George Ratliff.

Ratliff said the three men and victim were at Alice's, a restaurant in Young, before the alleged assault and robbery took place.

The victim told GCSO he was at the local restaurant and bar having a drink, and that there were three men he did not know who were asking for food, but were told the kitchen was closed.

The alleged victim told the three that he had just butchered a cow and would sell them steaks for $20 each.

When the victim and suspects got to where the steaks were, they argued about the price.

The victim, according to GCSO, said the suspects beat him and took his car keys and wallet.

After receiving a description of the suspects, GCSO deputies located them in a nearby ranch bunkhouse where they were working.

The foreman of the ranch said the three, against his advice, had gone into town to drink that night.

Ratliff said Zimmer was on probation and the county is seeking to revoke his probation. He also said one of the other two suspects was on parole, and could have his parole revoked.

All three suspects were transported to the Gila County Jail in Globe and are being held on a $25,000 bond.

-- To reach Michael Maresh call 474-5251 ext. 112 or e-mail mmaresh@payson.com.

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