Two more arrested in connection with Labor Day armed robberies
EAGLE — Two Dotsero men were arrested for their parts in a pair of armed robberies and a shooting that took place Labor Day weekend, 2015.
Armondo Lucero-Almanza, 22, and Mateo Serna-Gutierrez, 24, face felony charges in connection with Jesus Miranda’s Sept. 4, 2015 attempt to rob two check cashing stores at gunpoint — one in Eagle and a second store in Gypsum a half-hour later.
Lucero-Armanza faces 13 felonies, including attempted second degree murder, aggravated robbery, conspiracy, assault and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Serna-Gutierrez is charged with being an accessory to a crime, also a felony.
Miranda and a teenaged girl allegedly tried to rob Dinero Rapido in Eagle, and, later, Tienda Montes in Gypsum. Neither robbery netted any money.
The attempted robbery in Gypsum was thwarted when a man tried to stop the suspects, and Miranda and the man struggled for control of the 9 mm handgun Miranda was allegedly brandishing.
The man was shot three times but has since recovered.
Investigators said Lucero-Almanza was Miranda’s lookout and had stashed clothing for Miranda the night before the armed robbery attempts.
Miranda was in court this week, asking for a new attorney. His trial date is scheduled to be set this week. He is the Eagle County jail on $1 million bond.
Miranda’s accomplice, a teenaged girl, pleaded guilty and is serving a six-year sentence, half in juvenile detention and half in state prison.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or email@example.com.
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