Police are investigating two armed robberies that took place Saturday night at two fast-food operations.

No one was hurt in either holdup, said Capt. Aaron Ortiz of the Santa Fe Police Department by phone Sunday.

In the first crime, a man entered Subway in the 1900 block of St. Michael’s Drive around 8 p.m. and brandished “a handgun, demanded cash,” Ortiz said.

The man was described as thin and wearing a gray beanie and jeans.

It’s unclear if the man, who left with an undisclosed amount of cash, fled on foot or in a vehicle, Ortiz said.

In the second crime, a man entered the Wendy’s restaurant in the Speedway gas station facility in the 2700 block of Sawmill Road, showed a handgun and demanded cash.

Ortiz said police are not sure if the same person was involved in both crimes. In the second incident, the suspect was described as wearing tan pants and a black hoodie. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect left in a gray Ford pickup. Police do not have a license plate number for that vehicle, Ortiz said.

Police will review surveillance video from both crime scenes, Ortiz said.

In both cases, the employees did the right thing in handing over cash, he said.

The news comes as FBI reports of an uptick in bank robberies in the state — 30 so far in 2021, and three in the first five days of October — point to an increase driven by drug addiction.

Ortiz said his department has no “intel suggesting there will be an uptick in armed robberies in Santa Fe. It happens every now and then.”

He asked that anyone with information on either or both of the robberies call the police department’s dispatch line at 505-428-3710 and ask to speak with a detective.

General Assignment Reporter

Robert Nott has covered education and youth issues for the Santa Fe New Mexican. He is assigned to The New Mexican's city desk where he covers a general assignment beat.

(14) comments

Michael Grimler

Just another night in "woke" Santa Fe.

What's the lesson, boys and girls (if I can even use those terms anymore)?

Answer: Stop electing criminal-coddling liberals/Democrats/Socialists

Sky Kaly

I always asked myself what would I do if someone came into the popular jewelry store I worked at and waved a hun at me and then demanded give me the money and diamonds!! I would simply say no. Because the robber is not expecting that. I guess then they could pull the trigger or start yelling give me the cash and diamonds. I would stay calm and plead with the robber to buy me a beer and let's talk about your problems.

Lynn k Allen

A cleaner method would be to have a panic button drop a net onto them.

Not everything needs a gun solution.

Khal Spencer

You've been watching too many Monty Python shows. Only works if the net completely immobilizes than rather than getting shot at from inside the net.

Joseph Tafoya

It sure stopped two of these criminals in Albuquerque.

Curtis Brookover

CNN defunding the police, democrat economy, democrat judges, democrat open borders (children sex trafficking and drugs), is not working? I am so confused now, CNN said everything is going great.

Carolyn DM

LMAO!! Please educate your permanently brainwashed mind on the true meaning of defunding the police before spewing your BS about it!

Lupe Molina

One really has to question the psychology of someone who hates a channel so much that they subject themselves to watching it for details, just so they can come on here and whine. Sheesh! Get a hobby!

Angel Ortiz

Chris. You are really going to add politics to this discussion? Try watching PBS and settle down on the conspiracy theories

Jim Klukkert

Hey, Curtis Brookover is back again, to lead us out of Egypt! Of course he is the guy who on Aug 18, 2021, was extolling the wisdom of Herman Cain.

Herman Cain who was wise enough in 2020, to go to an unmasked Trump rally in Tulsa. Nine days later he was diagnosed with Covid, and died in the following month.

So yeah, Curtis, 9-9-9, and lead your people on to their just desserts! Your confusion is totally evident!

Khal Spencer

I suppose another cleaner solution would be to put a Detective Belker in a bunch of the stores that seem to be the type being hit by these criminals. But IIRC, even Belker had to use lead poisoning from time to time.

But yeah, I know, we are supposed to defund the police. What that leaves us with are Article II, § 6 of the Constitution of New Mexico Solutions.

Joseph Tafoya

I guess all the cops were downtown protecting the tourists?

Khal Spencer

If we want a cop in every store and on every street corner, are you ready to pay for it? Police always end up being reactive since these crimes happen unexpectedly and at random. That's why I think making it more dangerous to the criminal to try an armed heist might be a deterrent. Our judges sure ain't no deterrent, they way they keep kicking these people loose back on the street!

Khal Spencer

I would have preferred if the storekeepers had handed over a load of #00 buckshot, but that's just my opinion.

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