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Posted: Friday, September 28, 2012 12:32 am | Updated: 11:34 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — Two men and a woman were arrested on charges of felony robbery and theft after a confrontation over a handgun Wednesday night in the Fairbanks Walmart parking lot.

The owner of the gun told Fairbanks police he was returning to his pickup truck in the parking lot about 9:25 p.m. when he saw a man, identified as Devaugn O. Crayton, 19, standing nearby.

The man said he told Crayton to get away from his vehicle and his two dogs inside. The two men got into an argument, according to a criminal complaint filed in court against the three defendants.

During the argument, the man said he opened the door to his truck to drive away. Crayton noticed the man’s Taurus Model 44 revolver in the truck’s door panel, he said. At this point, Crayton reportedly “started aggressively asking if (the gun’s owner) was going to ‘shoot him,’” Fairbanks police officer Robert Hall wrote in the complaint.

Crayton then grabbed the gun and threw it on the ground where co-defendant Maurice A. Harris Jr., 18, picked it up and put it in the back seat of a vehicle driven by Shaelynn M. Urwiller, 18, according to the complaint. The owner of the gun told police he tried to get his gun back but was pushed to the ground by Crayton and Harris, who repeatedly punched and kicked him. The man sustained scrapes on his arms and knees and swelling on his head, police said.

At about 11:30 p.m. police found Crayton, Harris and Urwiller in a vehicle on Kellum Street. All three said they had been in a fight in the Walmart parking lot. Crayton and Harris told police they had been concerned about being assaulted by the man with the gun. Both said they did not still have the gun because they threw it out the window of their vehicle. Police could not immediately recover it.

Police also interviewed two witnesses at the Walmart parking lot. One, a Walmart employee, gave an account similar to that of the alleged robbery victim. The other witness told police he heard Urwiller yelling to the other defendants to get in the car because police were coming.

All three defendants were arraigned Thursday on charges of second-degree robbery and second-degree theft and are being held at Fairbanks Correctional Center. Urwiller was also charged with misdemeanor drugs misconduct because police said she had a small amount of marijuana with her when she was arrested.

Contact staff writer Sam Friedman at 459-7545. Follow him on Twitter: @FDNMcrime.

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