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UPDATED: Melrose Bank Robber Gets 12 Years

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Patrick Quintana, 26, of Tucumcari, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for his conviction on one count of armed robbery and one count of conspiracy in connection with the April 12, 2010, robbery of American Heritage Bank in Melrose, 9th Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler said in a news release.

Quintana and three other people left Tucumcari intending to rob the Melrose bank, and when three of the suspects, including Quintana, entered the bank they placed a “closed” sign on the front door, threatened bank employees and left with nearly $30,000 in cash, the DA’s Office said in the release.

With the help of witnesses, officers spotted the suspects’ vehicle traveling toward Tucumcari, and some witnesses and officers saw clothing, weapons and money being thrown out of the vehicle before all four suspects were arrested after being stopped at a roadblock, the release said.

While the state had argued for the maximum 15-year sentence, state District Judge Stephen Quinn imposed 12 years in prison, followed by two years of intensively supervised probation, according to the release.

Quinn also found that Quintana’s crime was a serious violent offense and ordered him to serve at least 85 percent of his sentence.


7:42am 9/7/11 — Tucumcari Woman Sentenced for Melrose Bank Robbery

Juana Griego, 20, of Tucumcari, was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison for her part in a 2010 daylight robbery of American Heritage Bank in Melrose, the Quay County Sun reported.

Griego, who was convicted of armed robbery and tampering with evidence, must serve at least 85 percent of the sentence and will serve two years of intensive supervised parole on her release, said Chief Deputy District Attorney Andrea Reeb.

Griego and three others were charged with robbing the bank of $30,000 shortly after it opened for business on the morning of April 12, 2010, the Sun said.

Wearing baseball caps and bandanas to hide their faces, the robbers scrawled a misspelled note on the back of a Spider Man comic book and stuck it to the front door of the bank, saying “closed until further notice,” according to police.

The bank’s chief executive officer, Gordon Morris of Melrose, pursued the four in a chase that exceeded 95 mph and used his cell phone to call police, who were able to stop and arrest the four on N.M. 209, the Sun said.

The other three defendants were Marcos Maestas, 20; Patrick Quintana, 25; and Santos Preciado, 18, all of Tucumcari, the paper reported.

Preciado pleaded guilty to bank robbery on Dec. 1 and was sentenced to 12 years in prison, according to earlier reports.

Maestas and Quintana are awaiting trial, according to the Sun.

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10:25pm 12/2/10 — One of Four People Accused in Melrose Bank Robbery Gets 12 Years: Other three defendants are awaiting trial.

One of the four people accused of robbing a Melrose bank last April has been sentenced to serve 12 years in prison, the Clovis News Journal reported.

The newspaper said that according to a news release from the District Attorney’s Office, state District Judge Stephen Quinn also sentenced Santos Preciado, 19, to serve two years of intensively supervised parole after his release.

The news release said Preciado was sentenced for one count of armed robbery, one count of conspiracy to commit armed robbery and one count of tampering with evidence, the News-Journal reported.

The charges stemmed from the April 12 robbery of the American Heritage Bank in Melrose. The other three defendants are awaiting trial, according to the newspaper.

 


 

Wednesday, 14 April 2010 16:18

 

Authorities recovered $16,460 from a backpack found in the vehicle four people are accused of using in an attempt to get away after they allegedly robbed a Melrose bank, the Clovis News Journal reported.

The newspaper said that according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Office, the bank is conducting an audit to ensure all the money is accounted for.

Marco Maestas, 20, Patrick Quintana, 25, Juana Griego, 19, and Santos Preciado, 18, all of Tucumcari, have been charged with felony counts of armed robbery, conspiracy and tampering with evidence in connection with Monday’s robbery of the American Heritage Bank in Melrose, according to the News Journal.

Police said the weapons used in the robbery — a pellet gun, a machete and a baseball bat — were recovered, the newspaper reported.

The News Journal said that according to court records, the robbers posted a handwritten, misspelled note on the back of a Spider-Man comic book page on the front door of the bank after entering the building. The newspaper reported that according to arrest affidavits filed Tuesday in Curry County Magistrate Court, the note said, “closed intill further notice, Thank you.”

 


 

Monday, 12 April 2010 17:25

 

Four people arrested in connection with a bank robbery Monday morning in Melrose have been charged with armed robbery and other charges are pending, Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Walker told the Clovis News Journal.

The four, three men and a woman, all of Tucumcari, were being held at the Curry County Detention Center, according to the newspaper. They have been identified as Marcos Maestas, 20, Patrick Quintana, 25, Juana Griego, 19, and Santos Preciado, 18.

The four are accused in the robbery of the American Heritage Bank in Melrose, which the bank’s president, Mac Langford, said occurred less than 15 minutes after the bank opened at 9 a.m. Monday, the News Journal reported.

Waller told the newspaper the Sheriff’s Office received a call about 9:20 a.m. reporting that four people had robbed the bank using a pellet gun, machete and baseball bat.

The News Journal said that according to Waller, a bank employee followed the getaway car and gave details until law enforcement officers took over the pursuit. Waller said the suspects disposed of weapons and disguises during the pursuit.

Lt. Cleo Baker of the State Police said the four were arrested without incident at a State Police road block on N.M. 209 just outside of House, the newspaper reported.

 


 

Monday, 12 April 2010 13:03

 

Four people — three men and one woman — have been arrested in connection with the robbery Monday morning of the American Heritage Bank in Melrose, the Clovis News Journal reported.

The newspaper said the four suspects were arrested by Curry County sheriff’s deputies at about 10 a.m. after a chase through Curry County into Quay County.

The suspects were reported to be armed with a gun, bat and machete, the News Journal reported.

The newspaper said that according to Mac Langford, president of American Heritage Bank in Melrose, the bank was robbed in the first 15 minutes of the day. The bank opened at 9 a.m.

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