2 arrested after drug deal turns into armed robbery

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MOSES LAKE — Two Quincy men were arrested Thursday by Moses Lake police after a drug deal devolved into a robbery, according to police.

Daniel Zepeda Medina, 23, and Paxton John Rigdon, 19, are facing first-degree robbery, first degree assault and third-degree theft charges after allegedly stealing money from people trying to buy drugs from them. Rigdon is also facing a charge of carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, while Medina is also charged with possession of a controlled substance.

According to police, Medina and Rigdon met with their victims to exchange money for drugs, but they reportedly took the cash without giving drugs in exchange. When the victims pushed Medina and Rigdon for the drugs, the pair allegedly brandished a gun and threatened to shoot.

Medina and Rigdon then reportedly fled the scene with the money before being detained by police on the corner of East Broadway Avenue and South Alder Street. The victims, who notified police, were not arrested.

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