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A suspect in nine armed robberies is now accused of shooting and killing a fast food employee

Ricky Martinez, 31, charged with nine armed robberies

Esparola, NM (KRQE) – A manhunt is underway in northern New Mexico for a man now accused of shooting a fast-food restaurant worker to death. This suspect is also accused of nine other armed robberies across Spain, Taos and Santa Fe.

Ricky Martinez, 31, wanted by the police. (Click on the image for a larger version)

Police officers are searching for Ricky Martinez, 31, in connection with the fatal shooting at Blake’s Lotaburger Tuesday night in Spain. On Tuesday evening, Martinez was the subject of a CrimeStoppers post posted on Tuesday around 8:16 p.m., roughly one hour before the fatal shooting that reportedly occurred at Blake’s Restaurant.

Spain’s police chief, Mizel Garcia, says the latest robbery happened around 9:30 p.m. at the site at 206 Paseo de Onat, next to the town square. At some point during the robbery, police said Martinez shot the victim, an employee of Blake’s Lotaburger. The victim has not yet been identified.

“Tragically, last night, this resulted in the death of a member of our community,” Chief Garcia said of the shooting. “What we are dealing with here is a violent individual, in this series of crimes, [has] He escalated his behavior to the point where he actually, tragically, took the life of someone who was only at his job, trying [work.]”

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In a CrimeStoppers bulletin released on Tuesday, Spanish police said Martinez is the suspect in seven armed robberies in the city. He is also believed to be involved in an armed robbery in Taos and another in Santa Fe. Martinez should be considered “armed and dangerous” according to Spanish police.

“In every armed robbery, he’d brandished a gun,” Chief Garcia said. “As the robberies continued, shots were fired at four of the [the robberies]. ”

Another person has been arrested in connection with at least one of these armed robberies. Commander Garcia did not reveal the name of this suspect in an interview with KRQE News 13 Wednesday. Martinez is said to now have a federal warrant for his arrest, according to Spanish police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Española’s emergency service at 505-753-5555 or CrimeStoppers 505-843-7867 (STOP). Advice can be provided to CrimeStoppers anonymously over the phone or online at www.p3tips.com/531. There is now a $5,000 reward attached to the case.