A Mexican national who had pleaded guilty to the armed robbery of an Albuquerque bank earlier this year was sentenced Monday in federal court in Albuquerque to 114 months in prison, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced in a news release.
Edwin Vismar Urena-Hernandez, 24, of Sinaloa, Mexico, will be deported after he completes his prison sentence, the news release said.
The news release said Urena-Hernandez had pleaded guilty on June 13 to armed bank robbery and using a firearm in relation to a crime of violence in connection with the March 10 robbery of the Bank of the West branch at 1422 Carlisle Blvd. in Albuquerque.
Witnesses described the bank robber as a Spanish-speaking male wearing a dark mask, a dark hooded zip-up jacket and dark pants who brandished a two-tone long-barreled semi-automatic handgun at bank tellers when he demanded cash, the news release said, citing the criminal complaint in the case. The witnesses said the robber fled on foot after obtaining money from the tellers.
Albuquerque police officers a short time later saw a man fitting the robber’s description in a vehicle in northeast Albuquerque at the intersection of Pennsylvania and Menual boulevards, according to the news release. The man, who was later identified as Urena-Hernandez, was removed from the vehicle by officers who found evidence of the bank robbery, including a loaded handgun in his pants.