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Second suspect arrested in fatal shooting


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A second suspect has been arrested in connection with a recent shooting that left one man dead.

Andrew Cylvino Cobos, 25, was arrested on an active warrant Thursday at about 12:30 p.m. A press release issued by the Roswell Police Department stated that Cobos was already being held at the Chaves County Detention Center on an unrelated charge when he was served with the warrant.

The warrant states Cobos faces charges of conspiracy to commit murder, accessory to murder, tampering with evidence, conspiracy to commit tampering with evidence and felon in possession of a firearm.

Charges against Cobos stem from the shooting death of 30-year-old Robert Lollis in the early morning hours of July 8 at a house in the 1100 block of East Poe Street.

Prior to arresting Cobos, police already had arrested 25-year-old Robert Avila, who is accused of shooting Lollis. According to court records, Avila is charged with first degree murder, kidnapping, conspiracy to commit tampering with evidence and battery of a household member.

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The press release states Cobos allegedly drove Avila to the house on the night of the shooting and was aware of Avila’s intent to shoot the victim and that he helped dispose of the weapon.

After the shooting, court records state, Cobos was questioned by police and admitted to driving Avila to the Poe Street house, but said he did not know Avila had a gun with him when he drove him to the house.

Cobos also reportedly told police that he had driven Avila to a mobile home in the 4200 block of South Main Street where Avila hid the .380 used in the crime underneath some stairs, court documents state.

The gun was found there after Cobos led police to it, but documents indicate that Cobos denied claims by Avila and a woman who was with them that he hid the weapon.

Electronic court records state that the District Attorney’s Office for the 5th Judicial District has filed separate motions to hold Cobos and Avila in pretrial detention in the case.

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