TAOS — Three men arrested on suspicion of participating in an armed robbery of Pacheco’s High Road Market in Peñasco on Nov. 11 are now facing federal charges.
The FBI, with assistance from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and New Mexico State Police, rearrested Terance Quintana, Andrew Romero and Christopher Shemayme in Taos County and transported them to Albuquerque, where all three were charged with federal counts of interference with commerce by threats of violence.
Frank Fisher, a spokesman for the FBI in Albuquerque, said the Bureau of Indian Affairs assisted in Shemayme’s arrest because he is a member of Picuris Pueblo.
Quintana and Romero also were charged with use of a firearm during a crime of violence.
Law enforcement officials believe Quintana entered the store with a handgun and robbed a cash register while Romero and Shemayme waited outside in a truck. A criminal complaint said the handgun Quintana used to rob the store belonged to Romero.
After the robbery, the trio split the cash and drove to a residence in Ojo Sarco to buy heroin, Romero admitted during an interview with police, according to the complaint.