Santa Fe police said Tuesday that a woman charged in connection with a May armed robbery at a Cerrillos Road motel told investigators she needed the money to buy beer.

Amanda Ahumada, 26, who was being held in the Torrance County jail as of Tuesday on an alleged parole violation from a DWI case, is accused of threatening a Holiday Inn Express desk clerk on the night of May 18, according to a police department news release.

Police said Ahumada insinuated she had a weapon when she told the motel employee, “I’m not afraid to blast you” and demanded money. The news release said police reviewed surveillance video, which showed a female suspect get out of a white car, threaten the motel employee and then dash away with an undisclosed amount of money.

Police said Ahumada admitted to the crime when detectives questioned her in the Torrance County jail Monday after receiving tips.

The surveillance video shows the woman with two men, whom investigators haven’t yet identified, the news release said. One of the men is described as a bald, in his late 20s and wearing a black muscle shirt. The three suspects all fled in a white, four-door sedan, possibly a Suzuki Forenza, with aftermarket aluminum wheel rims, police said.

Online jail records show Ahumada was arrested in Santa Fe County in March on various charges, including aggravated DWI.

The robbery charge against Ahumada follows Saturday’s arrest of another suspect accused in recent hotel robberies in the city.



Police say Andrew Valencia, 42, admitted to a total of four armed robberies in the city, including a June 30 mugging of a teenage museum volunteer in downtown Santa Fe

An officer spotted Valencia at the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Santa Fe and recognized him from surveillance video.

Police believe Valencia was captured by a surveillance camera at a Cerrillos Road business following a robbery June 28 in the parking lot of the nearby Courtyard by Marriott hotel.

Police said Valencia also is suspected of stealing a purse that day at the DoubleTree Hotel on Cerrillos Road.

Valencia allegedly mugged a 17-year-old girl June 30 near the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum by sticking a gun to her throat, police said, and he is accused of stealing a 68-year-old woman’s purse July 2 near San Francisco Street and Park Avenue. The victims in all four cases told police they had been threatened with a handgun.

Police ask that anyone with information regarding the robbery at the Holiday Inn Express call Santa Fe police at 428-3710 or Crime Stoppers at 955-5050.

Contact Uriel J. Garcia at 986-3062 or ugarcia@sfnewmexican.com. Follow him on Twitter at @ujohnnyg.

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