Two women were arrested and charged with armed robbery Sunday after they allegedly took a pickup truck at gunpoint from a man who had given them a ride.
Carrie Ann Romero, 28, and Shaunta Richardson, 32, are each charged with one count of armed robbery and one count of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, according to documents filed Monday in Chaves County Magistrate Court.
The owner of the stolen white GMC 1500 contacted police at 9:57 p.m. Sunday to report the theft of a vehicle at a 500 block of Greenbriar Drive address, court documents state.
He told police he had picked up Romero, along with a woman later identified as Richardson, another woman not identified in court documents and a small child from the Budget Inn on West Second Street. Romero had bothered the owner of the truck all day, asking him to come pick her up.
After he picked up a load of firewood, the owner of the truck stopped by the inn to inquire about what Romero wanted. When he arrived at the motel, Romero, Richardson, the other woman and the small child immediately walked out and climbed into his truck, according to court documents.
The owner of the truck then drove them to his house. He, the women and the child went into the house, with the women going to a back room for a moment while the owner unloaded firewood in the front room of the house.
Court documents state Richardson then came back into the front room and kept telling the man that she and the other women wanted to take his truck to an Allsup’s convenience store. The man repeatedly told them they could not take the pickup.
Romero allegedly then told the owner of the truck “we’re taking your truck” and ordered the other two women to get into the vehicle. According to court documents, the owner picked up a shovel and informed the women they could not take his truck. Romero then allegedly pulled out a gun.
The owner of the truck later told police he stepped back because he did not know whether Romero was going to shoot him, and then followed the women outside.
Romero, who was still holding the gun, allegedly ordered the man to get in the back of the truck. Court documents state the man then went back into his house, locked the door and called the police.
When the owner of the pickup was being interviewed by police, he received a call from the women. One of the women asked the owner of the truck who he was with and why police were at his house.
One of the women then said they had previously told him they would bring back the truck in an hour.
Court documents state that at a hearing Monday in Magistrate Court, bond was set at $50,000 cash or surety bond for Romero and $25,000 for Richardson.
A jail summary report from the Chaves County Detention Center showed that as of early Tuesday, both women were still detained.
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