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19-year-old charged in connection with 2 robberies after witness detains him at gunpoint

19-year-old Raul Holguin was arrested and charged in connection to 2 separate robberies that took place in October. One of those robberies was in the parking lot of Best Buy. (Photo: Potter County Sheriff's Office)

A 19-year-old Amarillo man was arrested after a witness detained him at gunpoint during an attempted robbery in October. He has now been charged in another October robbery.

Amarillo police said officers were sent to a shots fired call at a parking lot in the 1600- block of North Apache around 3 p.m. on Oct. 31. When officers arrived, a witness had detained the suspect, who was later identified as Raul Holguin.

According to police, Holguin had tried to rob one of the three people that were in the vehicle with him. He had allegedly pointed a gun at a female victim during the attempt and fired one shot into the air while extending the handgun out of the window of the parked vehicle. A witness who had a firearm then detained Holguin. No one was injured and officers took custody of the suspect.

Police said officers found what was believed to be methamphetamine inside the vehicle and in Holguin's pocket. They also recovered a 9 mm handgun and an expanded cartridge casing from the vehicle. Holguin was booked into the Potter County Jail for Robbery and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

During their investigation, the APD Robbery Squad developed evidence that Holguin was also a suspect in a robbery on Oct. 17 in the parking lot of Best Buy.

On Tuesday, Dec. 5, the 47th District Attorney's Office accepted a formal charge of Aggravated Robbery against Holguin for the robbery in the Best Buy parking lot.

Police said the Apache Street robbery is still under investigation. However, prosecutors have accepted the charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance against Holguin, stemming from the Apache Street arrest.

Holguin was also arrested back in April, when he was the suspect involved in a SWAT standoff at a home at 4600 S. Parker St. The standoff ended without any arrest, however, Holguin was located and arrested five days after the standoff.


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