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Man accused in robberies apprehended

A California man accused of robbing convenience stores in Tucumcari and San Jon on Saturday morning was apprehended later that day in Texas.

New Mexico State Police said in a news release Monday that Darious Parker, 28, of Eureka, California, and will be charged with two counts of armed robbery and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He will be extradited back to New Mexico.

The first heist occurred about 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Circle K at 2624 S. First St., near Interstate 40. The Tucumcari Police Department stated on social media that an undisclosed amount of cash was taken.

“Nobody was hurt during the incident, but the store was closed for a short period of time for the investigation,” a social media post from the Tucumcari Police Department stated.

The Yesway convenience store on 2369 Fourth St. in San Jon also was robbed at gunpoint. State police said Parker fired at least one round from a firearm towards the cashier and fled the scene continuing east on Interstate 40 towards Texas.

No injuries were reported in either heist in New Mexico.

Parker was apprehended by Texas state police near Vega, Texas, as he tried to rob another gas station.

No other suspects are being sought in the robberies.

Tucumcari Police stated it received assistance from the sheriff’s office, state police, Logan Police Department, Oldham County, Texas, Sheriff's Office, Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Rangers in the investigation.

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