Officers nab robbery suspect

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Bond set at $100,000 cash

By Martin Salazar

A 32-year-old Memphis, Tenn., man is being held at the San Miguel County Detention Center on a $100,000 cash bond after he allegedly stole a vehicle, robbed a local man at a gas station and then led police on a chase that ended in Santa Fe.

The crime spree began Tuesday evening when a local woman reported that her 2009 black Kia was stolen from the parking lot north of Highlands University’s Wilson Complex. Then at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Las Vegas police were dispatched to a robbery that had just occurred at Franken Tire Center on Mountain View Drive.

The victim, Frank Chavez, told police he stopped at the gas station to fuel his vehicle. Chavez said he noticed a black vehicle drive around, and he figured the driver was going to use the air station.

When Chavez turned to fuel his vehicle, he felt someone put a hand on his shoulder and quickly grab his wallet from his back pants pocket. Chavez turned around and saw a man get into the black vehicle. Another driver in a red truck saw what had occurred and began to chase the black car.

The probable cause statement filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court late Wednesday states that the black vehicle fled out of Las Vegas on Interstate 25. Officers learned that the vehicle had been stolen the night before. Las Vegas police caught up to the vehicle near Romeroville, but the pursuit was called off because the suspect was on the interstate.

State police were notified of the situation, and they managed to stop the vehicle in the city of Santa Fe. Officers arrested Marcus Tabron without incident and transported him back to Las Vegas. He declined to speak to officers without a lawyer.

Tabron has been charged with robbery, a third-degree felony, receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle, first offense, a fourth-degree felony, and resisting, evading or obstructing and officer, a misdemeanor.

Magistrate Chris Najar set his bond at $100,000 cash.