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Man who robbed San José store gets 25 years

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The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE — A Texas man was sentenced last week to 25 years in federal prison for his convictions stemming from a July 2017 robbery of a the Pecos River Station, a gas station and convenience store in San José, and other crimes he committed the same week.

Lane Michael Reed, 24, of Killeen, Texas, had pleaded guilty this past summer to armed robbery, carjacking, and firearms charges. He was sentenced Dec. 12 in Albuquerque.

Reed acknowledged during his plea hearing that he made away with $242 in the robbery, pointed guns at a store clerk and the Pecos River Station's owner and demanded the owner give him the keys to his truck.

After the robbery, he fled in the truck at speeds as high as 140 miles per hour and fired gunshots at police officers who were pursuing him.

According to the New Mexico State Police, at about 8:30 a.m. July 25, State Police officers were dispatched to an armed robbery call at the Pecos River Station.

Reed had purchased a drink, left the store and walked to the I-25 frontage road, then re-entered the store and pointed a silver, small-framed revolver at a female child who was with the clerk. Reed demanded the money from the cash drawer and the keys to the clerk’s vehicle. The clerk gave him the cash but did not have any keys.

The owner of the store, who resides above the store, came downstairs into the store when he overheard the clerk talking loudly to Reed. The store owner was armed with a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun in the small of his back.

When the owner entered the store, Reed pointed his revolver at the owner. Reed demanded, and received, the keys to the owner’s gray 2014 Dodge four-door pickup.

Reed asked the owner where the pickup was located. The owner showed him and discovered the owner was armed.

Reed subsequently took the handgun from the store owner.

Reed then left the store and drove away in the owner’s pickup. State Police sent an advisory to all nearby law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for the stolen Dodge pickup. Police later spotted the truck near I-25 at La Cienega, around mile marker 272, near the top of the La Bajada incline, and the ensuing shootout and chase led to Reed being taken into custody with no one receiving major injuries.

Reed was booked into the Sandoval County Detention Center for charges from this incident as well as numerous nationwide warrants.

Subsequent investigation conducted by the New Mexico State Police revealed that the Raton Police Department had been dispatched to a robbery at the Cross Roads gas station on July 24, 2017, the day prior. The description of the suspect matched Reed’s description.

It was also reported that the suspect in the Raton robbery used a silver, small-framed revolver to demand money from the cash drawer before leaving in a Toyota four-door sedan bearing Florida plates.

When State Police responded to the call at the Pecos River Station, officers located in the nearby area a black 2018 Toyota four-door sedan bearing Florida registration. Officers discovered this vehicle had been reported stolen out of Denver on Monday at around 9 p.m. The suspect from the auto-theft matched the description of Reed.