Santa Fe police said three women robbed the Burrito Spot restaurant at the intersection of Cerrillos Road and Cordova Road at gunpoint Saturday night of $670.

A second armed robbery occurred downtown about an hour later near the Main Library at East Marcy Street and Washington Avenue that involved three women as victims, police said.

As an officer was working the incident at Burrito Spot, he heard over the police radio about the second armed robbery downtown.

“The description given by dispatch matched the suspects involved in this incident,” a police report said.

According to the Santa Fe Police Department report, surveillance footage from Burrito Spot at about 8:10 p.m. showed two women going inside the restaurant while a third waited at the door as a lookout.

One of the suspects displayed a black handgun as she jumped over the counter and held it to an employee’s head before pointing it at a second employee and ordering him to the counter, according to the police report.

The two women then took cash from the main and drive-thru registers, according to the police report. On their way out, the suspect with the gun held it at the head of one of the employees before leaving.

The women were described as wearing masks and hoodies, according to the police report. The Burrito Spot employees told police they did not know whether the women left on foot or in a vehicle.

Meanwhile, at about 9:10 p.m., officers responded to a call of three women who were held at gunpoint near the downtown library. According to a police report, three women were walking north on Washington Avenue near Hotel Chimayó when a woman in a long trench coat walked up and asked for money to rent a hotel room.

After one of the woman told her no, they continued walking and two men rushed them from behind, held them at gunpoint and demanded their purses, the women told police.

“[One woman] stated that when she saw the firearm ... she and her friends huddled together and began screaming for help,” the police report said.

A man who witnessed the the attack said he saw the two men get into a black sedan on Nusbaum Street next to the library with a driver waiting inside, the police report said.

Police were able to track the location of one of the women’s stolen phones to Española, the police report said. According to a phone tracking app, the phone stopped working at the Lowe’s Home Improvement parking lot, but officers in Española were unable to locate the suspects with the phone.

Meanwhile, two Santa Fe officers canvassed businesses near where the downtown robbery took place looking for video surveillance footage that may have recorded the incident, but none was found, according to a police report.

(16) comments

David Romero

I have lived in Cincinnati for years and never have felt the need to carry a firearm. with what is going on in SF when I move back the the first thing I intend to do is acquire my conceal and carry permit.

Anya Marie

Expect it to only get worse...

Andrew Ross

When you’ve had corrupt Democrats acting as judges both at the Magistrate and District levels; this crime wave is to be expected; ex Santa Fran now living in the Foothills of ABQ and feeling 110% safe in an all white retired neighborhood; jail the entire 1st District judiciary for starters and MAGA by re-electing our great President Donald John Trump.

Khal Spencer

Here you go.

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Andrew Lucero

Things are starting to get out of hand. Especially with these panhandlers. They have gone far beyond “Aggressive Panhandling” We honestly can’t even call it panhandling any more, it’s moved to flat out extortion. If you don’t give them money, they threaten to urinate on you or throw feces on you. I know a local merchant who told me, that these panhandlers sleep or use the restroom in the entrance of the stores. They harass and drive off their customers. They have become so bold as to go into the stores and demand money from the workers. If they don’t give it, they urinate on the merchandise! One even vomited in the store. Sadly, I don’t have much confidence in our Mayor to deal with this, but if we don’t get a handle on this and soon, the crime rate in Santa Fe will equal if not surpass Albuquerque. And downtown will quickly start to look like San Francisco.

Carolyn DM

Why are you bringing up panhandlers when this likely has nothing to do with them. This is obviously just more low-life Santa Fe trash.

Andrew Lucero

Because it’s all part of the same problem Carolyn… A complete and total lack of policing. The crimes start getting bigger and bigger and things quickly spiral out of control.

David Romero

I agree. Progressive government equals crime, filth, and poverty.

Khal Spencer

I think its the "broken windows" theory that if you let little things get out of hand, the big things are not far behind. Go here:

Richard Reinders

Carolyn I would be careful how you characterize people of Santa Fe, crooks are crooks, the transplants to Santa Fe have done more harm to the community and lifestyle then the low life Santa Fe trash

David Romero

They are a nuisance. No doubt.

Lawrence Leichtman

As a downtown resident, I am deeply disturbed by this surge in downtown violence. The Police Department needs to do whatever is necessary to put a halt to this activity before we start approaching Albuquerque numbers. Hire more police, get them on patrol. Do something,

Khal Spencer

Maybe we need a volunteer armed possee in this town if the city won't hire and deploy enough cops. Seems to be going the way of Albuquerque. My guess is that the crooks have decided we are easy pickings up here.

Katherine Martinez

Jesus, please don't let this town turn into Albuquerque.

Richard Reinders

What happened to old fashion feet on the ground patrolling of down town, even if it is just hired security. I seen that kind of policing in old town Scottsdale another tourist area. Protect them or lose them it is the City's choice.

Sidney Monroe

How's that "Operation Downtown Focus," going?

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