LOGAN — A judge has ordered a man and woman accused in Tuesday night’s armed robbery in Paradise to be held without bail, as deputies say the two may also be responsible for a string of other burglaries.
Douglas L. Birkinbine and Victoria Asta appeared in 1st District Court Thursday afternoon by closed circuit video from jail. Both were assigned a public defender after separately telling the judge, neither of them were employed or had any assets to pay for lawyers.
The two face multiple felony charges including aggravated robbery and burglary, assaulting a police officer, failing to stop at the command of police and other charges.
Judge Brian Cannell said based on the cases, he would not set a bail amount and ordered them to remain in jail.
Birkinbine and Asta are suspected of robbing a home in Paradise at gun point and later leading deputies on a high speed chase through the south end of the valley.
Investigators believe the two may be responsible for more than 20 other burglaries. Cache County sheriff Chad Jensen said there is a very good possibility that they are likely tied together.
The suspects were reportedly living in a campground in Smithfield Canyon. Jensen said deputies were serving a warrant and searching several vehicles in the area.
Jensen said he is not sure why Birkinbine and Asta chose the Paradise home to burglarize.
Salt Lake County court records show Birkinbine previously pleaded guilty to murder and attempted murder in 1997. The 53-year-old was sentenced to serve one-to-fifteen years in prison.
Asta is believed to have been the getaway driver during Tuesday night’s chase. The 51-year-old also faces a reckless driving charge.
Both are being held in the Cache County Jail. They will appear again in court Tuesday.
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