Pettis County Sheriff’s deputies made a second arrest on Friday in the case of the violent collection of $7 toward an unpaid marijuana debt that occurred in July and sent a man to the hospital for treatment of injuries.
Pettis County Prosecuting Attorneys charged Skylynna S. A. Govea, 20, of the 300 block of West 10th Street, with second-degree robbery, a class B felony, and third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, on Monday, setting bond at $60,000 cash or surety.
Authorities took Govea into custody as she attempted to visit Schyler A. Ray, 20, of Smithton, at the Pettis County Jail. Ray is awaiting trial on identical charges of second-degree robbery and third-degree assault related to the same incident.
According to court documents, the victim and his girlfriend met with Ray and Govea on July 17 at a rock quarry 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.”
Govea allegedly held the victim’s girlfriend and threw her to the ground as the victim was assaulted, telling the girlfriend Govea and Ray were the leaders of a gang she called MS-13. However, during questioning on Saturday Govea denied the allegations, telling deputies she was “hugging” the girlfriend of the assault victim “as a friend.”
The victim’s girlfriend gave Ray all the money she had, $7, out of fear of continued harm and in an attempt to get Ray to allow them to leave. Ray used the money to buy cigarettes, 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. During the investigation, it was discovered that the fast-food worker/marijuana dealer who has not been charged with a crime allegedly paid Ray to “beat up” the victim, according to court documents.
Under Missouri law, a person commits the crime of robbery in the second degree when he or she forcibly steals property. A class B felony carries a punishment of a term of five years not to exceed 15 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.