Peñasco robbery trio charged in federal court

By John Miller
jmiller@taosnews.com
Posted 11/21/19

Three men arrested in an armed robbery of Pacheco's High Road Market in Peñasco on Nov. 11 were charged with new federal offenses in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque on Friday (Nov. 22).

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Peñasco robbery trio charged in federal court

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Three men arrested in an armed robbery of Pacheco's High Road Market in Peñasco on Nov. 11 were charged with new federal offenses in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque on Friday (Nov. 22).

The FBI, with assistance from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and New Mexico State Police, re-arrested Terance Quintana, Andrew Romero and Christopher Shemayme in Taos County and transported them to Albuquerque, where all three were charged with interference with commerce by threats of violence.

Frank Fisher, a public affairs officer for the FBI, said the Bureau of Indian Affairs assisted in Sheymayme's arrest because he is a tribal member of Picuris Pueblo.

Quintana and Romero were both also charged with use of a firearm during a crime of violence.

Law enforcement believe Quintana entered the store with a black and silver handgun and robbed a cash register while Romero and Shemayme waited outside in a truck. The complaint states that the handgun Quintana used to rob the store belonged to Romero.

After the robbery, the trio split the cash and drove to a residence in Ojo Sarco to buy heroin, Romero admitted during an interview with police.

The complaint also states that Quintana accidentally called Romero's cell phone during the robbery. A voicemail contained on the phone recorded the three men "laughing and excitedly yelling following the robbery," according to the complaint.

During an interview with police after he was arrested, Quintana said he "made a bad mistake today" and that his "drug habit got the best" of him.

The three suspects are scheduled for detention hearings on Monday (Nov. 25).

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