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Man sentenced for Home Depot robbery

June 3, 2018 GMT

Buck received credit for time served of 328 days. He was ordered to pay $400 in fines and costs.

Court documents indicate Buck was a passenger of a vehicle involved in the armed robbery where he brandished the gun.

David Warrant, 57, also involved in the robbery, pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal endangerment as part of a plea agreement.

Warrant received five years in the Department of Corrections and a 10-year suspended sentence in state prison.

According to court documents, the Kalispell Police Department received a report of an assault with a gun in the Home Depot parking lot in Kalispell on July 7, 2017.

Prior to the call being dispatched, an officer who was in the area saw a small vehicle with no license plate being driven in the center median and passing other vehicles. When the officer attempted to stop the vehicle, it kept going.

The officer pursued the vehicle through residential neighborhoods, saw the vehicle drive through stop signs and drove at speeds in excess of 60 mph, court documents state.

When the driver - later identified as Warrant - reached a cul-de-sac, he reportedly began driving on a bike path at a high speed. He then entered the U.S. 93 bypass and was traveling in the wrong direction onto an on-ramp, causing another vehicle to quickly pull over. By this time, the vehicle reportedly reached a speed in excess of 100 mph.

During the pursuit officers learned that the vehicle contained the suspect allegedly involved in the earlier alleged armed robbery at Home Depot. Stop strips were placed in the road and eventually the vehicle was stopped.

Officers later spoke with the robbery victim who reportedly said he saw two men leave the store with carts containing merchandise that hadn’t been paid for. When the victim attempted to stop the driver from leaving, Buck allegedly pulled out a handgun and stated “I will kill you.” The victim then backed away, fearing for his safety, when the pair fled the area.

Officers allegedly found several tools in original packaging, and a .22-caliber semi-automatic handgun with a loaded magazine during a search of the vehicle. Officers also allegedly found what was believed to be methamphetamine and heroin, which was sent to the Montana State Crime Lab for testing.

Reporter Scott Shindledecker may be reached at 758-4441 or sshindledecker@dailyinterlake.com.