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Men charged in New Richmond robbery

Two Texas men face robbery charges in St. Croix County after an allegedly violent incident outside a New Richmond bar.

Prosecutors charged Billy Ray Salazar, 21, Edinburg, and Carlos Talamantes, 25, with robbery with use of force and substantial battery. Warrants were issued Aug. 11 for both men's arrest.

According to a criminal complaint:

A New Richmond police officer was waved down in High Street traffic Aug. 11 by two men saying someone needed help.

A third man from Texas was found with injuries to his face. He told police he'd been drinking at the Wild Badger with his Lakeside Foods coworkers.

The alleged victim said that after cashing their checks at Walmart, he bought beers for the group. The man said he got into a fight with one person from the group while walking away from the bar. When he went back to check his wallet, he noticed $100 in cash was missing.

Witnesses stated Talamantes and Salazar fought the man while they walked away from the bar. The witnesses reported seeing Salazar take money from the man after the fight.

Neither suspect was there when police arrived.

One witness said he was Talamantes' cousin. He said Talamantes and Salazar were due to return to Texas the next morning. Police issued an attempt to locate both men later that day.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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