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Battle Ground man, 19, gets two years for park robbery in 2019

A 19-year-old Battle Ground man was sentenced Wednesday in Clark County Superior Court to more than two years in prison for an armed robbery at Vancouver’s Bagley Community Park last year.

Malcolm L. Harper pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree robbery and was sentenced to 25 months imprisonment, according to Deputy Prosecutor Colin Hayes. Harper originally faced a charge of robbery in the first degree.

Judge John Fairgrieve also imposed 18 months of community service upon release and restitution to the victim, Hayes said.

When police arrived at Bagley Community Park, 4607 Plomondon St., on the afternoon of June 30, Madden Miller told them that two men had robbed him at gunpoint in the woods, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Before the robbery, Zechariah Chiam Maysonet, 19, of Vancouver contacted Miller on Snapchat, asking if he could meet to buy marijuana, according to the affidavit. Miller went to the woods, where he was approached by Maysonet and another man, later identified as Harper, the affidavit said.

Once the deal — less than an ounce of marijuana — was completed, Harper pulled out a black revolver from his pants and pointed it at Miller’s face, according to the affidavit.

Miller gave the men his baseball cap, a cellphone valued at $1,000 and a black wallet, according to the affidavit. With his phone gone, Miller and his girlfriend went to a nearby Taco Bell to call 911.

Police tracked down Harper and Maysonet within a day, court records say.

Maysonet’s trial is scheduled for Feb. 18.


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