DEPUTIES MAKE SECOND ARREST IN MESQUITE MERCANTILE ROBBERY

DEPUTIES MAKE SECOND ARREST IN MESQUITE MERCANTILE ROBBERY

A second man wanted for armed robbery of a Mesquite store, detained Sunday on a probation violation, has been arrested and charged for his part in the Dec. 10, 2011, incident.

Martin Tovar, 25, was arrested Wednesday night at the Doña Ana County Detention Center. Investigators believe Tovar is the same man who was seen on surveillance video jumping the counter at the Mesquite Mercantile, threatening the clerk with a knife while he cleaned out the cash drawer.

Investigators also charged Tovar for his alleged involvement in a separate burglary that happened in November at Mesquite Mercantile, where he allegedly made off with a carton of cigarettes.

Tovar is being held on a $75,000 cash bond, charged with armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, two counts of tampering with evidence, non-residential burglary and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Pete Maldonado, the juvenile who was accused of being the lookout for Tovar in the December robbery, pleaded no contest on Jan. 4 to charges of armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

Third Judicial District Judge Fernando Macias sentenced Maldonado to 15 days in jail and one year of supervised probation.