NMSP Arrests Three Men For Armed Robbery In Taos

Terance Quintana

TAOS COUNTY – At about 4:10 p.m. Sunday, New Mexico State Police officers from Taos responded to an armed robbery at the High Road Market in Penasco.

During investigation, State Police officers learned a male individual identified as Terance Quintana, 21, of Penasco, entered the High Road Market, armed with a firearm and robbed the business. During the robbery, Quintana fired the gun into the ceiling of the business in the vicinity of a child. Quintana left with an undisclosed amount of money. Officers located a cartridge inside the business and collected it as evidence.

State Police officers identified Quintana through video surveillance from the business. Officers tracked down Quintana and two other males, Andrew Romero, 28, of Las Vegas, N.M. and Christopher Shemayme, 25, of Penaso at a residence in Penasco. Officers observed Quintana wearing the described clothing during the robbery. He was immediately arrested and taken into custody without further incident. After Qunitana’s arrest, he was found in possession of a small clear plastic baggie of Heroin.

Andrew Romero

During a search of the residence, Officers located a handgun and white bandana believed to have been used during the robbery inside Quintana’s bedroom. Officers also learned, Romero and Shemayme were both involved in the armed robbery. Both were arrested and taken into custody without further incident. 

All three were transported and booked into the Taos County Detention Center.

Charges against Terance Quintana:

  • Armed Robbery
  • Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery
  • Assault with Intent to Commit a Violent Felony
  • Attempt to Commit a Felony-Abuse of a Child
  • Tampering with Evidence
  • Negligent Use of a Firearm
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Charges against Andrew Romero:

  • Armed Robbery
  • Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery

Christopher Shemayme

Charges against Christopher Shemayme:

  • Armed Robbery
  • Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery

There is no further information available at this time.