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January 23, 2020 Robbery in the 300 block of Martin Street
Suspects arrested in the Denver Metro Area
On January 23, 2020, at approximately 7:12 pm, Officers responded to Gas-A-Mat at 301 Martin St. on a report of an armed robbery. Longmont Emergency Communications Center (LECC) advised a Hispanic male and female entered the store, placed the employee at gunpoint, and demanded money. The two left in a blue car and were last seen driving westbound on 3rd Ave.
Officers did not locate the vehicle. The victim provided the following information: A blue smaller vehicle, either two-door or four-door, parked alongside the south side of the Gas-A-Mat convenience store. A male entered the store through the south door at a fast pace and displayed a firearm from his waistband. The male was described as a Hispanic male, approximately 5'8", thin build, 25-30 years of age, wearing a dark-colored coat, a blue bandana over his face, and a dark stocking cap. The firearm was described as having a long skinny barrel, black in color, and most likely a revolver. The female entered the store approximately four steps after the male. She was described as a Hispanic female, approximately 5'5", heavyset, wearing a dark coat, with tattoo's on her face and neck. The male displayed the revolver at the clerk and the female demanded money. The victim reported the suspects took the spare cash from the drawer and lottery tickets. The suspects then left out the south door and drove westbound in a blue smaller car.
A BOLO was sent to surrounding agencies.
Around 12:30 am, these same suspects were involved in a theft from a gas station in Erie, CO. The vehicle fled before Erie Police arrived, but a Boulder County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Deputy located the vehicle on Hwy 52. BCSO attempted to stop the vehicle and it fled northbound. Longmont officers joined the BCSO deputy in the pursuit, which eventually took the officers southbound on I-25. The vehicle was pursued to the area of 136th Avenue and Zuni St. where it became pinned in between two patrol vehicles in a parking lot, resulting in some damage to a Longmont patrol car and a Thornton patrol car. Following the stop, an adult female Maria Mendoza, 26-years-old from Longmont and an adult male Zuniga Martinez, 23-years-old of Boulder were taken into custody. They have been charged with the robbery, stolen vehicle (out of Fountain where it was stolen at knifepoint), eluding. Both suspects had other outstanding warrants for their arrest.
A total of 6 agencies were on the scene when the vehicle was stopped. We were very appreciative of all the support. This was a rapidly evolving event with armed suspects and all the officers worked well together. (Our thanks to the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, Dacono Police, Westminster Police, Thornton Police, and Broomfield Police). Longmont Police Report #20-736.