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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Mexico

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Los Ranchos Woman Pleads Guilty to March 2015 Robbery of New Mexico Bank & Trust Branch

ALBUQUERQUE—Denise Romero, 27, of Los Ranchos, N.M., pleaded guilty today to robbing the New Mexico Bank & Trust branch located on 4th Street NW in Albuquerque, N.M., in March 2015.  The guilty plea was entered without the benefit of a plea agreement.

Romero was arrested on March 20, 2015, on a criminal complaint alleging that she robbed the New Mexico Bank & Trust branch on March 16, 2015.  According to the complaint, Romero approached the bank teller with a note to the teller suggesting that Romero had a gun. The complaint further alleges that Romero used the money from the bank robbery to bail her boyfriend out of jail.

Romero was indicted on April 14, 2015, and charged with bank robbery of the New Mexico Bank & Trust branch in Bernalillo County, N.M.

At sentencing, Romero faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison followed by up to three years of supervised release.  She remains detained pending a sentencing hearing which has yet to be scheduled.

This case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of the FBI and the Albuquerque Police Department and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rumaldo R. Armijo.

Updated August 11, 2015