Stranded trio attacks, robs man who gave them food, shelter

APACHE JUNCTION - A gesture of kindness turned into an assault and kidnapping for an Apache Junction man. 

On Monday, June 5th, the man called the Pinal County Sheriff's Office to report his kidnapping and robbery, Pinal County officials said.  

The man told authorities that on Sunday, June 4th, he ran into three men at an auto parts store in Apache Junction; Raheem Jamal Lemieux, 20, Richard Lemieux, 21, and Tyrus Talbot, 21, told him they needed help because their car was no longer functioning. 

The man felt sorry for the trio and offered them a stay at his home; he fed the suspects and let them spend the night. 

The next day, the man took the trio back to the auto parts store. Later that same day, he saw the trio still at the store so he offered them another stay at his home. 

During the second stay, the trio assaulted the man and also choked him. They bound the man and placed furniture on top of him. They then fled in his vehicle with stolen property including firearms. 

The man was able to free himself; he called officials and informed them of the events. 

An Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper saw the man's vehicle near the Safford area after the vehicle was caught speeding. 

Raheem Lemieux, the driver, exited the vehicle when asked and showed signs of impairment, DPS said. Richard Lemieux and Talbot were also asked to vacate the vehicle, and they did; however, Richard fled on foot while Raheem was being arrested.

The man ran into a neighborhood, through one backyard, onto a street and with the help of local residents, was apprehended behind a home.

The trio faces aggravated assault, armed robbery and kidnapping charges. 

Officials say the suspects were trying to get back home to Louisiana. 

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