LAREDO, TEXAS (LPD) - Two men are wanted and at large, being sought by police, while one woman is arrested and booked.
On August 15 - at approximately 1:22 pm - Laredo PD was dispatched to an unknown traffic call at the Lucky Bamboo, located at 4600 US Highway 83 S.
Upon arrival, officers found a distraught woman, identified as Wendy Lopez, 22, who stated that an unknown male subject, possibly wearing all black, pointed a handgun at her and stole the business` money.
Ms. Lopez stated that the subject pointed the gun at her and had her go back into the office. Lopez stated that the male subject would not let her look towards him because he did not want to be identified.
Lopez stated that the subject then grabbed the monies from safe boxes in the office, a total amount of $8,500 US which was stolen. Ms. Lopez stated that the subject left and that is when she went to notify the manager.
Lopez stated that she did not see if the subject left in any vehicle or in what direction. She was acting nervous and had inconsistencies in her story.
Detectives searched the archive of the surveillance system and saw a grey van with two men inside with dealer tags. A look out was placed for the suspect vehicle.
Prior to the robbery at approximately 1:05 pm - while on routine patrol on the 4600 block of US Highway 83 S. - a Laredo Police Officer observed a silver in color Ford Freestar van bearing Dealer paper plates traveling southbound on the 4600 block of US Highway 83 S.
The officer observed the Ford Van then travelled eastbound unto the 100 block of Sierra Vista Blvd in where it then turned unto the Stripes.
LPD Public Information Officer Joe Baeza decided to conduct a traffic stop as the driver of the van was using a Dealer tags vehicle for purposes of test driving it.
The male driver and the male passenger were identified, respectively, as Jose Alfredo Rangel, 24, and Alfredo Rangel, 37.
During that traffic stop, Alfredo Rangel advised that he was planning to buy the van from a used car dealership located at 100 N US Highway 83. He stated that the driver, also his cousin, was test driving the van but that they were stopping by the stripes to buy some items.
The driver was advised that a vehicle with Dealer Tags is only to be used for test driving purposes and not personal use. Both subjects stated that they were not aware of that information.
Baeza gave them a verbal warning only and advised the subjects that they were free to go. There was lookout for two subjects that had apparently left the business with the stolen money.
The officer that had earlier conducted a traffic stop coincidentally on a grey Ford Van fitting the description and informed detectives at the scene.
When obtaining statements, it came to light that Lopez had asked someone at the casino if the cameras inside the office was working. The employee stated that it was not and that is why they were working on it.
The night manager stated that Ms. Lopez had also asked to borrow money recently. The investigation also revealed that the suspect identified in the traffic stop with the van, Alfredo Rangel, was actually Wendy Lopez’s husband and nephew, Jose Alfredo Rangel.
Wendy Lopez was arrested on August 15 and charged with Robbery and Engaging in organized Criminal Activity.
Alfredo Rangel is wanted and is being sought by Police for and active warrant for Aggravated Robbery and Engaging in organized criminal activity, Jose Alfredo Rangel, also at large, is wanted for Theft and Engaging in organized criminal activity.