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Man arrested in Allsup’s store armed robbery

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A man accused of shoplifting multiple items from a local convenience store and then aiming a gun at a store clerk has been arrested.

Rene Vasquez, 32, of Roswell, was arrested and charged with armed robbery and located by police Wednesday night less than four hours after the incident occurred, according to a post Thursday on the Roswell Police Department’s Facebook page.

Police were dispatched to an Allsup’s convenience store in the 1600 block of South Union Avenue at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday to investigate an armed robbery, according to an affidavit filed Thursday in Chaves County Magistrate Court.

A clerk at the store told police a Hispanic male in his 30s wearing a faded black hoodie walked into the store. When the clerk asked him to remove his hood in accordance with store policy, he did so and she thought the man had blood on his face.

The man then allegedly took some ice cream, several bags of chips and candy before exiting the store without paying for them and then climbed into an older model green Chevy or GMC pickup truck with an extended cab, according to the affidavit.

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The clerk said she followed the man and stood in the doorway of the store when she asked him if he was going to pay for the items he had taken. The man then allegedly pulled out a gun with his left hand, stuck it out the window and pointed it at the clerk before driving off.

Police encountered a man — later identified as Vasquez — at a 1200 block of Washington Avenue address earlier that night during a domestic disturbance call. Vasquez was contacted by police while sitting in a green pickup of similar description, outside of the house of his ex-wife. Police were contacted because Vasquez’s ex-wife alleged he had come over three times that night banging on the doors and windows of her home.

When an officer approached the pickup and instructed him to step out of it, Vasquez put the truck in reverse and sped away.

Based on the description of the pickup and Vasquez’s actions earlier in the night, officers then suspected that Vasquez could be the suspect in the store robbery. The clerk, after being shown a past booking photograph of Vasquez, said the man she encountered looked a lot like him, but it was hard to tell in the store because he had blood on his face.

It was learned that Vasquez owns a green 1999 model GMC extended cab pickup and lives at a 1000 block Plains Park Drive address, according to the affidavit.

Police then obtained a nighttime search warrant for Vasquez’s residence, and using an “under door” camera, discovered a green pickup was parked in the garage of the house.

The affidavit states members of the Roswell Police Department SWAT team introduced gas into Vasquez’s house at about 5:10 a.m, and Vasquez came out of the house about 5 minutes later and surrendered to police.

Vasquez was taken to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center for injuries to his back and face, according to the affidavit.

When they entered the house, police found three empty bags of potato chips, two honey buns, three bags of candy and a faded black hoodie with blood on it. No gun was discovered in the house or pickup.

Vasquez did admit to going into the store and taking some snacks, but that he did not talk to anyone there, and immediately got into the truck with the items and left. He said he did enter the store with blood on his face, but did not have a gun, according to the affidavit.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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