Thursday , June 21, 2018 - 5:10 PM
SALT LAKE CITY — A man accused of robbing a pawn shop in Bountiful has been indicted by a grand jury on 22 counts in connection with robberies across Utah.
Alexander Cutino Sanchez, a 31-year-old Houston resident who is also known as Alexyanis Cutino Jiminez, was federally charged with 11 counts of robbery and 11 counts of using a firearm during a crime of violence.
Sanchez is accused of 11 armed robberies from around the state between January and May 2018, including multiple robberies in Salt Lake City and West Valley City, according to the indictment.
If convicted, Sanchez faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison for each of the 11 robbery counts, according to a press release from the Utah U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Most of the robberies Sanchez is accused of committing took place in cellphone stores in January and February, with two robberies taking place on the same day, Feb. 15, in Salt Lake City, according to the indictment.
On May 4, Sanchez and another man — 40-year-old Kleydys Arbolaez-Hernandez — entered Bountiful Pawn at 135 S. 500 West and brandished a handgun at the store clerk, according to a release from the Bountiful Police Department.
When the armed suspect was distracted, the store clerk ran to a storage area and grabbed a gun. The armed suspect, who police say was Arbolaez-Hernandez, ran after the clerk.
Police say the clerk shot Arbolaez-Hernandez and killed him, while the other suspect — whom police say was Sanchez — ran away and was not found.
Sanchez was later arrested in the Houston area on May 25 and was booked in the Harris County Jail.
Sanchez is a suspect in “several” robberies in Oklahoma, Colorado and Texas. Both Sanchez and Arbolaez-Hernandez are Cuban nationals, according to the Utah U.S. Attorney’s Office.
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