Taos bank robber sentenced to federal prison

By John Miller
jmiller@taosnews.com
Posted 11/5/18

A Taos man who robbed People's Bank in Taos with a shotgun in 2016 was sentenced to five years in federal prison Monday (Nov. 5).

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Taos bank robber sentenced to federal prison

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A Taos man who robbed People's Bank in Taos with a shotgun in 2016 was sentenced to five years in federal prison Monday (Nov. 5).

Joaquin Romero was arrested Jan. 13, 2016 on a criminal complaint charging him with robbing a branch of People's Bank inside Albertsons supermarket in Taos.

During Monday's proceedings, Romero pleaded guilty to approaching a teller's window Jan. 10, 2016 and stealing $850 in cash. Witnesses told law enforcement Romero racked the slide of the shotgun twice during the robbery.

Romero was arrested three days later in a swimming pool at a hotel in Gallup, New Mexico, where he had fled with his two sons.

In addition to the armed robbery charge, Romero was accused of brandishing and using a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Romero, who is now 30, will be on supervised release for three years following the completion of his sentence.

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