Suspected cop shooter charged in two more armed robbery cases

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Juan Santos-Quintero

IDAHO FALLS — Additional charges have been filed against a man accused of shooting a Bingham County Sheriff’s deputy.

Juan Santos-Quintero, 22, is facing two new charges of armed robbery. He is accused of robbing two men outside of Hope Lutheran Church on Sept. 16 and Common Cents on West Broadway five days later. Denise Lynne Williams, 25, is also facing new charges in relation to the Lutheran Church incident.

According to court documents, two men were waiting for a friend in the Hope Lutheran Church parking lot when an SUV pulled up behind them. The victims said they believed it was their friend and got out of their vehicle.

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They said a man they didn’t know exited the SUV holding a firearm in each hand and demanded they turn out their pockets.

The victims told investigators they got into a fight with the man and a woman who got out of the SUV after him. The suspect reportedly fired three shots after hitting each of the victims in the head and face with the guns.

Denise Lynne Williams

The man and the woman reportedly stole a wallet and car keys.

Neither of the victims identified Santos-Quintero or Williams in a photo lineup, however, after Santos-Quintero was arrested in Firth for allegedly shooting a Bingham County Sheriff’s Deputy, investigators found the wallet and keys belonging to one of the victims in the vehicle Santos-Quintero was driving.

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Williams was charged with attempted robbery and aiding and abetting a robbery.

On Sept. 21, Santos-Quintero allegedly entered the Common Cents on West Broadway and pointed a gun at the woman working behind the counter.

“Don’t make this hard. Give me the cash,” he allegedly said.

The victim said the suspect took all of the bills out of the register then asked where the Marlboro NXT cigarettes were kept. The victim pointed to them and Santos-Quintero allegedly took three cartons.

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When investigators reviewed the security camera footage, they found an image on the camera pointing directly at the suspect’s hand. They saw a tattoo resembling a tattoo on Santos-Quintero’s hand.

After Santos-Quintero was arrested in Firth, investigators found three cartons of Marlboro NXT cigarettes in the vehicle he was driving.

Santos-Quintero is scheduled to appear in court for preliminary hearings on Dec. 7 for both new charges.

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