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Armed man arrested after confrontation at Santa Fe bus stop

December 14, 2018

A local man was arrested on aggravated assault and firearms charges late Wednesday following the second nighttime armed assault reported this week around downtown Santa Fe.

Ernest Romero, 47, faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and being a felon in possession of a firearm after an Albuquerque man reported Romero had followed him, his girlfriend and several children down a Santa Fe street and then pointed a gun at them.

Police reports say the group was walking on Montezuma Avenue toward a bus station near the Guadalupe Street intersection at about 8:30 p.m. when they spotted a man wearing a red bandana following them.

“The suspect was gaining and appeared to be intent on catching up,” a court document says.

When the Albuquerque residents reached the bus stop, they told police, Romero approached, pulled a silver revolver from his waistband and pointed it at the adult male in the group. Then, police reports say, Romero “suddenly fled on foot for no apparent reason.”

After safely boarding a Rail Runner commuter train, the Albuquerque man called police to report the incident, and officers put out a call to surrounding agencies with Romero’s description. Shortly after, Romero was arrested by Pojoaque Pueblo Tribal Police as he was getting off a bus at the Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino with a loaded Smith & Wesson and ammunition.

Romero was intoxicated, reports say, and later told police the Albuquerque man had been threatening him, so he showed the man the gun in his waistband.

It was unclear Thursday whether police thought Romero was involved in an armed robbery reported Sunday night, just blocks away from Wednesday’s incident.

A woman told police she was on East Alameda Street and Don Gaspar Avenue, near Del Charro Saloon, around 10:30 p.m. Sunday when two men approached her from behind, yelled “give me your purse” and pointed a gun at her. The woman gave the attackers her purse and they ran away, police reports say.

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