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State legislator's son robbed at gunpoint

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Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2008 6:58 pm | Updated: 10:58 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

A politician's son was robbed at gunpoint last week in Mesa while putting up campaign signs for his father.

Daniel Robson, 18, of Chandler, the son of state House Speaker Pro Tempore Bob Robson, R-Chandler, was robbed about 12:30 a.m. Thursday in the area of Main Street and Stapley Drive, said Detective Steve Berry, Mesa police spokesman. Robson was putting up the signs with Scott Tarkett, 21, who was also targeted by the robbers.

Robson and Tarkett had just finished putting up the signs when a vehicle pulled alongside them, and the passenger, armed with a shotgun, got out and ordered the young men to the ground.

"Daniel heard them yelling several times to hurry up," Berry said.

The robbers then stole property from Robson and drove away, leaving the men on the ground.

About an hour later, in the 900 block of West Southern Avenue, police were called after two men used a shotgun to rob another person.

Police officers responded and pulled the suspects' vehicle over.

Robson and Tarkett identified the men inside as the people who had robbed them, Berry said.

Detectives found a stolen wallet in the car, and arrested Ernesto Banuelos-Beltran, 21, and Heidenger Castrillion, 18, in the crimes.

Berry said Banuelos-Beltran admitted to police that he held a shotgun and robbed the victims.

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