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APD Arrests Serial Armed Robbery Offender

Offender allegedly committed 42 robberies in 7 months

Tues. March, 1, 2022

ALBUQUERQUE – The Albuquerque Police Department has arrested a man for allegedly committing approximately 42 robberies across Albuquerque.

On February 28, 2022, Dairon Romero, 25, was arrested on warrants stemming from dozens of armed robberies that spanned over the course of seven months. Romero was first on APD’s Armed Robbery Unit radar after carjacking a pregnant mother and her small children at the Walmart located at 8000 Wyoming Blvd.

Immediately after this incident, Romero became a suspect as an active serial robbery offender who was seen on surveillance video committing multiple commercial robberies. Investigators noticed Romero began robbing businesses consisting of hotels, cell phone shops, gas stations, and clothing stores.

It was challenging for detectives to identify Romero for some time as he had been hiding behind a mask, but ultimately with the assistance of the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force detectives were able to identify him and obtained several search warrants. 

“This individual was victimizing businesses and citizens in our city for months, eluding police,” said Chief Harold Medina. “I’m grateful for our partnerships that helped apprehend this violent offender and get him off the streets.”

With the assistance of the Investigative Services Unit Romero was arrested and taken into custody on his warrants. The case will be adopted and taken federally by the Armed Robbery/Violent Crimes Task Force detective.