SAN MIGUEL COUNTY, NM — As shown in a press release from the New Mexico Department of Public Safety, a convenience store robbery didn’t go quite as planned for 26-year-old Zebadiah Romero.
At approximately 1:00pm January 24th, he entered the Pecos River Station armed with a .30-30 rifle and threatened numerous customers before turning the gun on store owner Glen Post. Romero demanded money, and Mr Post handed him the cash drawer as a diversion. Romero then fired a shot at the store owner and missed. Mr Post returned fire and struck Romero in the left thigh.
Romero then dropped the cash drawer and hobbled away from the scene. Things went downhill from there. New Mexico State Police apprehended him just a short distance from the store, the rifle still in his possession. Police also found a 2012 Smart Car belonging to Furry’s Buick GMC in Santa Fe nearby. Romero had taken this vehicle from the dealership earlier in the week. It was reported stolen by the dealership.
Romero was able to get a ride though, to Christus St. Vincent’s Hospital where he was treated and released into Police custody. He now faces three counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Armed Robbery and Embezzlement of a Stolen Vehicle.
Score another one for armed citizens!