Pair Charged With Asking Man For Ride, Then Robbing Him

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - by Hollie Webb
Anthony Buendia
Anthony Buendia

A man and woman have been charged with hitch hiking in order to rob the man who picked them up and steal his car.

According to police, Wendy Smith and Anthony Buendia asked a stranger if he would give them a ride to a residence in the Rossville Boulevard area on April 8. The stranger, Boyd Collins, agreed.

While riding in Mr. Collins' Kia Optima, they asked him to pull over into a carwash at 2400 Rossville Blvd. so that they could get directions. Mr. Collins told police that as soon as they pulled into a stall, another man struck him through his open window.

Mr. Collins got out of the car and began fighting with the unknown man.

At this point, Smith and Buendia drove away with his car and the other man suddenly fled on foot.

Later that evening, Mr. Collins identified the two suspects who had ridden with him out of a lineup. Buendia was arrested and charged with robbery and theft over $1,000.

In a Tuesday hearing, General Sessions Court Judge Gary Starnes revoked his suspended sentence for a previous offense and sent him to jail without bond until his next court date.

Buendia pleaded guilty in January to shoplifting from a Walmart and had been released on probation because of good behavior.

His next court appearance is scheduled for May 6.


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