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Wanted: Two men involved in Shell c-store robbery

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Ryan Livingston of Smith Lake remains behind bars at McKinley County Adult Detention Center this morning for his involvement in the robbery of the Shell gas station convenience store at 3306 East Highway 66 Feb. 9.

Livingston, 24, is being held on a $10,000 cash only bond.

But he's not the only one that police hope to catch up with as a trio of men were allegedly involved with this robbery. Mark Williams, 21, of Sundance, NM and Jerome Sandoval, 22, of Window Rock, AZ both have warrants for their arrests.

According to a police interview with Livingston, he said that Sandoval and Williams picked him up at the Pronto Fina north side gas station at about 8 pm that evening. It started out as a night of partying, with the men consuming Vodka.

From there, they hatched their plan to rob the convenience store. He said during the alcohol-fueled planning that Williams would use a black handgun to scare the clerk while they stole some beer.

Around 11 pm that evening, as a clerk was sweeping the floor inside of the store, Livingston burst through the doors and headed straight to the cooler, pulling out two 12-packs of beer, then heading back out the door.

Williams was seen on video surveillance pointing a handgun on the clerk and demanding money. The clerk obliged and the robber emptied the till and dropped it on the floor. He grabbed some packs of L & M cigarettes before heading out the door.

He was wearing a black beanie with a Cardinals logo, a blue bandana covering half of his face, a white and black plaid long sleeve shirt, black pants, and black shoes with white soles.

The suspects fled from the gas station in a grey sedan, possibly a Ford Taurus driven by Sandoval.

Gallup Police Department patrol units arrived two-minutes after the robbery occurred, but weren't able to catch up with the fleeing suspects.

However, the next evening, on Feb. 10, police caught up with Livingston. He was in the Vandenbosch Parkway neighborhood knocking on doors, and readily fit the description of one of the suspects involved in the robbery. Livingston told police that he was knocking on doors because "he was cold," according to the report. He was taken to Gallup Detox Center before being transferred to the police station for questioning.

Livingston remains in custody Wednesday morning. Police ask anyone with information on this case to call Crime Stoppers at (505) 722-6161. Your name will be kept confidential, and a caller could receive a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of Sandoval and/or Williams.

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