Judge denies lowering bond amount for alleged Del Taco robbery accomplice

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District Court Judge John Pope denied a motion last week to consider lowering the bond amount of a man who is accused of helping a robbery suspect flee the crime scene at the Los Lunas Del Taco in August.

Pope denied the motion to lower the bond amount of Tyshawn Moreland, 23 of Albuquerque, a man who police say was the getaway driver for 22-year-old Vakei Robinson the night Del Taco in Los Lunas was robbed and a woman was taken hostage.

Police said Robinson broke the drive-thru window at Del Taco and climbed into the building and demanded money from employees on Aug. 6. Police say he held his 19-year-old girlfriend, who was a Del Taco employee, at gunpoint as he exited the building.

Moreland is charged with one count of harboring or aiding a felon, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary with a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit kidnapping, a first-degree felony.

Defense Attorney Mark Keller asked Pope to lower the bond from $75,000 cash or surety because he said witnesses have implicated his client in the robbery. He said Moreland has a minimal criminal history and has lived with his parents the last two years. He asked Pope to lower the bond amount to $15,000 to $20,000.

"He will show up to this court for this trial," Keller said. "There's no doubt about that."

But Assistant District Attorney Bryan McKay said Robinson's 19-year-old girlfriend told investigators Moreland took Robinson to the scene and picked him up after the August incident.

"No one is claiming (Moreland) was actually in the robbery," McKay said.

Pope said the bond would remained unchanged with an exception that he could 10 percent of the bond amount to the court in order to be released.

Keller asked Pope if he would consider setting the bond at $50,000 with a 10 percent option to the court.

"No," Pope said. "I think I'm being generous as it is."

Last month, Robinson entered a not guilty plea through his attorney at his arraignment hearing in district court. His bond is set at $200,000 cash or surety.

According to court records, Robinson was charged with 37 counts of larceny of a firearm and aggravated burglary in a separate case in Bernalillo County in 2010.


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