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Socorro armed robbery suspect nabbed; 2 others at large

SOCORRO — Following a robbery at gunpoint reported Monday afternoon, police took one suspect into custody but are still searching for two others.

An armed robbery was reported behind Circle K on Vermont Street about 2 p.m. Monday. Socorro Police Department Detective Richard Lopez said two suspects approached a man, one of them pointing a gun, and demanded money. The victim handed over $375 in cash.

Lopez said the victim provided a good description of the suspects and the car they drove away in, including a partial license plate number. Within about 30 to 45 minutes of the initial call, officers arrested Manuelito Anaya based on the victim’s description.

Anaya was arraigned in Magistrate Court on Tuesday morning on charges of robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and possession of marijuana. Magistrate Judge Jim Naranjo set Anaya’s bond at $75,000 cash or surety.

Lopez said one SPD officer remembered pulling over a silver Monte Carlo that fit the victim’s description not long before the incident, and the officer also remembered three numbers of the car’s license plate. Police were able to run the partial plate through the National Crime Information Center database to discover the complete number.


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Lopez said based on their investigation, police identified Anaya and Jonathan Scott as the alleged robbery suspects. When officers showed pictures of Anaya and Scott to the victim, he positively identified them, alleging Scott pointed the firearm at him.

Lopez said Scott already had an order for his arrest issued by the Adult Probation Office before the alleged robbery occurred.

Lopez said police are still looking for Scott in connection to the robbery, as well as a third person who was driving the Monte Carlo at the time of the incident. He added Scott is considered armed and dangerous, and has a history of violence. Anyone with information should call SPD at 835-1883.