by Sgt. Pat Brooks, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office
Two suspects have been brought into custody on charges of attempted robbery, conspiracy and burglary with bail set at $75,000 each.
Angel Christian Razo-Ortega, 25, of Gardnerville, and Tanner Tyler Cooper, 21, of Gardnerville have been charged with the attempted armed robbery of Sierra Market last week.
On Friday, Aug. 9 at approx. 9:20 p.m., an unidentified Hispanic male attempted to rob the Sierra Market located at 1532 Highway 395, in Gardnerville.
During the incident, the suspect brandished a firearm at the clerk and demanded the clerk place cash from the register into a plastic bag he had brought with him.
The clerk refused and grabbed for the firearm. A brief struggle ensued, with the suspect retaining possession of the weapon.
The suspect continued to point the weapon at the clerk, stating “I don’t want to shoot you.” When the clerk continued to refuse, the suspect fled the store on foot.
During the course of the subsequent investigation conducted by DCSO Investigators Ted Jasperson and Brian Hubkey, information was developed that the suspect might possibly be a Hispanic male adult named “Angel”. “Angel” was also reportedly wanted in connection with check fraud cases from two local area casinos.
Through follow-up investigation, “Angel” was later identified as Angel Razo-Ortega, of Gardnerville. Via photo lineup, the victim/clerk of the Sierra Market later identified Razo-Ortega as the possible suspect.
During subsequent contact and interview with Razo-Ortega, he admitted to commission of the crime, and subsequent investigation revealed the weapon used to be a BB pistol.
Additional investigation also revealed Razo-Ortega had conspired with a friend, Tanner Cooper, to commit the crime. Contact and interview with Cooper confirmed this information.
Razo-Ortega and Cooper have also been identified as the two suspects responsible for a recent forced entry commercial burglary of a local laundromat. Stolen in that incident was an unspecified amount of coin & currency. The money was not recovered as it reportedly spent on methamphetamine.
Razo-Ortega and Cooper are also implicated in at least five vehicle burglaries that occurred from June to July in the residential areas of Mackland in Minden, and Chichester estates in Gardnerville. Property stolen in those incidents is reported to be miscellaneous loose change and currency, and portable electronic devices such as cellular telephones and MP3 players.
Anyone who has been the victim of a vehicle burglary in those residential areas in the past few months who has not reported the crime should contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division at 775-782-9905.