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Last of 7 suspects in fatal gas station shooting in custody

Daniel Martinez, 30 (NMSP)

Forty-nine dollars and 20 cents.

That’s all seven thieves got from an armed robbery which left an Edgewood gas station attendant dead last week.

On Tuesday, State Police laid out the details of the Feb. 11 robbery, which was “calculated, planned, and executed” by seven people and ended in the slaying of 62-year-old Michael Pelkey.

Lt. Elizabeth Armijo said police arrested the shooter, and last of those suspects, 30-year-old Daniel Martinez at a Southeast Albuquerque home just after 1 a.m. Tuesday.

He is charged with murder, armed robbery and tampering with evidence alongside Daniel J. Gonzales, 29, Morgan Ramirez, 30, Donald Herbert Gregory, 46, Veronica M. Martinez, 30, Eileen G. Sandoval, 48 and Misty Roseanne Nevarez, 29.

Gonzales and Daniel Martinez also face a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon.

On the day of the shooting, Armijo said Sandoval and Veronica Martinez staked out the Smith’s gas station for a potential robbery.

She said Sandoval determined the booth that Pelkey worked in was unlocked and the women called Gonzales, Daniel Martinez, Ramirez, Nevarez and Gregory.

When the others arrived, Armijo said Gonzales covered his face and armed himself before entering the fuel booth.

She said Gonzales stole $49.20 from the register while Pelkey had his back turned.

Pelkey chased Gonzales outside and the two fought.

That’s when Martinez, who was in a waiting vehicle, shot Pelkey and all seven fled. Pelkey died on the way to the hospital, according to police.

Police arrested Gonzales, Ramirez, Gregory, Veronica Martinez, and Sandoval on Friday, hours after the community held a vigil for Pelkey.
Nevarez was taken into custody on Saturday.

All seven suspects are from Albuquerque except Gregory, who is from Edgewood.