Third person charged in online date turned armed robbery
Two other suspects in robbery were charged in October
FARMINGTON — A third person has been charged in connection to an alleged armed robbery organized using the Plenty of Fish online dating platform.
Paul Moreno III, 28, is accused of five charges including armed robbery, aggravated assault and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.
He is accused of pointing a shotgun at the male victim during an armed robbery on Aug. 28 at the victim's residence in Farmington, according to court documents.
Moreno did not have legal representation in the case as of today.
He is the third person charged in the armed robbery after Amanda Barela and Patrick Atencio were charged on Oct. 29, according to The Daily Times archives.
Their cases are pending in district court, according to court records.
The alleged armed robbery happened on the night of Aug. 28 at a residence in the 1100 block of Dehli Avenue in Farmington.
Moreno was described as an unidentified skinny male wearing a black ski mask in Barela's arrest warrant affidavit.
The alleged victim told a Farmington Police Department detective that Barela arranged a meeting with him using the Plenty of Fish online dating platform.
During the meeting, Atencio and Moreno allegedly entered the residence and the alleged victim was hit in the face with a shotgun.
Barela allegedly stole the alleged victim's wallet and keys during the armed robbery before the suspects fled the residence.
Investigators reviewed video surveillance from outside the alleged victim's residence, which showed Moreno walking toward the residence with a shotgun, along with Atencio, according to an Affidavit for Arrest Warrant filed March 13 in Farmington Magistrate Court.
Barela was later interviewed on Oct. 30 and admitted to setting up the meeting with the alleged victim and planning the armed robbery with Atencio and Moreno.
Moreno has two pending cases in district court with charges including criminal damage to property, receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle and aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer.
He is incarcerated at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a no bond hold.
Moreno's preliminary hearing is set for Wednesday morning in Farmington Magistrate Court.
Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.