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Las Cruces Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested

Feb 11, 2019

Police arrested the man suspected in last week’s armed robbery at a Las Cruces convenience store.

Anthony Dean Malone, 23, of 3500 Foothills Avenue, is charged with one count of armed robbery, a second-degree felony.

Shortly before 11 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7, Las Cruces police were dispatched to the report of an armed robbery that occurred at the Circle K store, 617 W. Picacho Ave. Police learned a man walked into the store, displayed a black handgun and demanded cash from an employee.

The man fled the store with an undisclosed amount of cash. No injuries were reported.

Investigators learned the suspect was wearing a black baseball cap with a gold logo, a black hoodie and gray Nike shorts. An LCPD officer recognized the suspect as the same man he had contact with two days earlier, on Feb. 5, near another convenience store. The officer identified the man as Anthony Dean Malone.

On Feb. 5, the officer had contact with Malone twice at a nearby Pic Quik store. Malone was said to be loitering near the store but, at the time, did nothing to warrant charges or an arrest. The officer reviewed his lapel camera video from the two interactions and noticed that Malone was wearing the same ballcap and clothes as the armed robbery suspect Thursday evening.

A warrant was issued Feb. 8 for Malone’s arrest. He was located and taken into custody late Friday evening. Malone is initially being held without bond at the Dona Ana County Detention Center.

Information from Las Cruces Police