Texas Man Facing Federal Armed Robbery, Carjacking and Firearms Charges
Lane Michael Reed Prosecuted Under Federal “Worst of the Worst” Anti-Violence Initiative
ALBUQUERQUE – Lane Michael Reed, 23, of Killeen, Texas, made his initial appearance today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., on a criminal complaint charging him with the armed robbery of a business involved in interstate commerce, carjacking and firearms offenses. During today’s proceedings, a U.S. Magistrate Judge determined that there was probable cause to support the charges against Reed, and ordered Reed detained pending trial based on findings that he poses a risk of flight and a danger to the community.
Acting U.S. Attorney James D. Tierney, 4th Judicial District Attorney Richard Flores, Special Agent in Charge Terry Wade of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division, New Mexico State Police Chief Peter N. Kassetas and Santa Fe County Sheriff Robert A. Garcia announced the federal charges against Reed, noting that the federal prosecution is being pursued as part of the federal “worst of the worst” anti-violence initiative. Under this initiative, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and federal law enforcement agencies work with New Mexico’s District Attorneys and state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to target violent or repeat offenders primarily based on their prior felony convictions for federal prosecution with the goal of removing repeat offenders from communities in New Mexico for as long as possible.
The criminal complaint charges Reed with interfering with interstate commerce by robbery, taking a vehicle from another by force and violence, using, brandishing and discharging a firearm during crimes of violence, and being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. Reed allegedly committed this rash of crimes on July 25, 2017, in San Miguel County, N.M. At the time, Reed was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition because he previously had been convicted on two felony offenses in the state of Texas.
According to the criminal complaint, on the morning of July 25, 2017, Reed allegedly robbed the Pecos River Station in San Jose, N.M., by brandishing a firearm at a clerk and a small child and taking money from the cash register. Shortly thereafter, the storeowner entered the store and Reed allegedly brandished a firearm at the storeowner and robbed the storeowner of the keys to his vehicle and a firearm. Reed allegedly departed the store in the storeowner’s vehicle and soon encountered officers of the New Mexico State Police and Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office who responded to a “be on the lookout” callout for Reed. While driving on the frontage road to Interstate 25 and southbound on the Interstate and seeking to evade the officers, Reed allegedly discharged a firearm in the direction of the officers, some of whom returned fire.
Officers of the New Mexico State Police and Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office arrested Reed without incident on Interstate 25 near Mile Post 247, and was charged with state offenses by the 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Reed remained in state custody until he was transferred to federal custody yesterday to face the charges in the federal criminal complaint.
If convicted of the charges in the criminal complaint, Reed faces the following statutory maximum penalties: 20 years of imprisonment on the Hobbs Act robbery charge; 15 years of imprisonment on the carjacking charge; and ten years of imprisonment for being a felon in possession of a firearm. In addition, Reed faces statutory mandatory penalties of seven years of imprisonment for brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence and ten years of imprisonment for discharging a firearm during a crime of violence, which must be served consecutive to any sentence imposed on the other charges. Charges in criminal complaints are merely accusations and defendants are presumed innocent unless found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This case was investigated by the Santa Fe office of the FBI, the New Mexico State Police and the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney George C. Kraehe is prosecuting the case.