Robbery suspect faces yet another charge

Published 10:26am Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Wisconsin man arrested last week after two armed robberies in Albert Lea now faces two counts of first-degree aggravated robbery.

Armando Gonzales
Armando Gonzales

Armando Gonzales, 53, was charged on Tuesday with his second count in Freeborn County District Court tied to an attempted armed robbery at the Midwestern Hotel on Friday morning.

Gonzales was charged with his initial count on Monday for an alleged armed robbery at America’s Best Value Inn.

Court documents allege Gonzales was a guest at the Midwestern Hotel when he walked up to the front desk at 4:10 a.m. and held up a handgun to the clerk, requesting access to her vehicle.

The clerk managed to go into an office and closed the door. She stayed there for more than an hour and a half before she had the courage to open the door and call police. By that time, Gonzales had left the building and taken her cellphone with him, according to reports.

At 6:53 a.m., police were alerted to the attempted robbery at America’s Best Value Inn.

There, Gonzales also allegedly attempted to take a vehicle with the use of a gun before he fled the hotel parking lot and was later found on Southeast Marshall Street.

Reports stated police found the gun to be a BB gun, but it looked like a semi-automatic pistol.

Gonzales told police he needed the car to return to Texas. Attempted aggravated robbery carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $17,500 fine.