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Albuquerque Woman Pleads Guilty to Attempted Theft from Laguna Pueblo’s Route 66 Casino

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE – Charlene Baca, 43, of Albuquerque, N.M., pleaded guilty this morning to a felony information charging her with theft from an Indian gaming establishment.

Baca was arrested on Oct. 5, 2013, on a criminal complaint charging her with threatening a cashier and attempting to rob the Route 66 Casino located on Laguna Pueblo in Cibola County, N.M.  According to the complaint, Baca told the cashier that she had a bomb in the casino and demanded money. 

During today’s proceedings, Baca entered a guilty plea to a felony information and admitted that she attempted to steal money belonging to the Route 66 Casino on Oct. 5, 2013, by suggesting to the to the cashier that there was a destructive device in the Casino that would explode in seconds.  Baca admitted suggesting to the cashier that she could remotely deploy the bomb if the cashier did not give her money.  Baca was arrested by officers of the Pueblo of Laguna Trial Police Department shortly thereafter.
Baca remains on conditions of release at a half-way house pending her sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.  Under the terms of her plea agreement, Baca will be sentenced to time served followed by three years of supervised release.

This case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of the FBI with assistance from the Pueblo of Laguna Pueblo Tribal Police Department, the Laguna Agency of the BIA’s Office of Justice Programs, the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office, the New Mexico State Police and the Albuquerque Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Niki Tapia-Brito is prosecuting the case.

Updated January 26, 2015