APD makes 2 arrests in 2013 robbery case
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:16:43 GMT —
On April 14, at approximately 7:30 p.m., Amarillo police officers located and arrested the two suspects still wanted a 2013 robbery case.
Officers developed information that both suspects were at a home in the 1900 block of N. Manhattan. Officers knocked on the front door and yelled for them to come out. Both exited the home.They were taken into custody and booked into the Potter County Detention Center. The two suspects are Kristen Marie Bustos, 27, and Eddie Vongphachanh, 33. Vonhphachanh also had an outstanding parole revocation warrant.
A total of three people have been charged in this incident by APD. Kristen Marie Bustos, 27, 29-year-old Aaron Jason Ynojosa and 33-year-old Eddie Vongphachanh. Each has been charged with aggravated robbery. Ynojosa was located in a residence in the 100 block of north Maryland. He was arrested and booked into the Potter County Detention Center. Vongphachanh has been identified as the driver who fired the shots during the robbery.
On July 17, at approximately 5:20 p.m. Amarillo Police officers responded to a robbery call at Chihuahua Motors in the 1200 block of south Grand.
According the victim, he was working when a Hispanic male and an Asian male asked about a pickup for sale.
The victim went into his office and the men followed him now accompanied by a Hispanic female. The victim told police that the female had threatened to have someone assault him in the past so he asked the three of them to leave. The two men began to hit the victim with their fists until the victim got away and contacted police. The two men and the woman left, the woman took a television set from the office and they left in a green Toyota pickup.
"She had threatened to physically harm him so he told the three people to leave the office," said APD Sergeant Brent Barbee. "Instead of leaving, the 2 males attacked him. The 3 suspects picked up the television set that was plugged inside the office and left with it."
As they were leaving, the victim followed them to the area of 15th and south Hill. The Asian male stopped, got out of the vehicle, produced a gun and fired three shots at the victim. The victim was not harmed in the shooting and returned to the car lot on Grand, he did not require medical attention.
In a news release from Amarillo Police Department said they recovered three cartridge casings from the area.
At 5:30 p.m. an APD patrol officer spotted the suspect's vehicle pulling into a convenience store on Amarillo Boulevard and Columbine. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle but the vehicle sped off and turned northbound on Columbine. Due to safety concerns the officer stopped pursuing the vehicle.
APD said the vehicle was later found abandoned near 18th and Bluebell. A television set, a gun case and ammunition were found in the vehicle. Residents in the area told police that they saw someone jumping over fences in the area. Police set up a perimeter in an attempt to locate the suspects with help from the Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter and APD canine units.
Laurie Castillo lives on 13th and Bluebell and said she witnessed the search for the suspects unfold.
"Through the speaker phone they addressed me as the female suspect and told me to walk backwards with my hands behind my back," said Castillo. "They patted me down and drew their guns. They put me in a cop car, and they did the same with my boyfriend and his friend, then took down more of our information and let us go."