Las Cruces Police Arrest 4 in Robbery Spree

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 9:48am

LAS CRUCES – Police in Las Cruces have arrested 4 people for their alleged involvement in the robbery of a restaurant, and the attempted robbery of another one.

Investigators said 16-year-old Jerome Maldonado and 18-year-old Seth Benavidez tried to rob the Pizza Hut on El Paseo with a handgun and a machete late last Monday evening.

The pair was unsuccessful.

Police said Benavidez and Maldonado, along with 18-year-old Brianna Jordan and 33-year-old David Benavidez, then went to Dickey’s Barbeque Pit at 1660 S. Valley Drive.

The three men entered through a back door and allegedly threatened employees before taking off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Police said they found the suspect's getaway car nearby and arrested Jordan and Maldonado.

Seth and David Benavidez were arrested the next day.

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