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State Police arrest five in Edgewood gas station slaying

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — State Police arrested five of seven suspects who they say orchestrated an armed robbery that left an Edgewood gas station clerk dead.

Lt. Elizabeth Armijo said police arrested Daniel Gonzales, 29, Morgan Ramirez, 30, Donald Gregory, 46, Veronica Martinez, 30, and Eileen Sandoval, 48, in the death of 62-year-old Michael Pelkey.

She said 30-year-old Daniel Martinez, also known as “DJ,” and Misty Nevarez, 29, are still on the loose. All seven are from Albuquerque except Gregory, who is from Edgewood.

Armijo said State Police are unsure which of the suspects was the shooter and it is still under investigation.

All seven suspects are charged with murder, armed robbery and tampering with evidence. Gonzales and Daniel Martinez also face a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon.

The announcement came hours after the community held a vigil for the slain gas station clerk.

Armijo said the armed robbery of a Smith’s Fuel Center in Edgewood, off Interstate 40, was “calculated, planned and executed” by all seven suspects and resulting in the death of Pelkey.

At the time of his death, Pelkey had worked at the gas station for over a decade, was very well known in the community, and even called “the face of Edgewood” by some.

Armijo said around 4 p.m. Sunday an armed man with a bandana around his face walked into the station booth and demanded cash as Pelkey was helping a customer.

She said the robber took cash from the register and left, with Pelkey following him outside.

That’s when the man shot Pelkey and fled. The clerk was rushed to a hospital, where he died.

State Police were asking the public’s help in finding the robber ever since, describing the robber as a Hispanic or white male, in his late 20s, and around 6 feet tall with a thin build.

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