Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to clarify information about several suspects accused in the case.


ESPAÑOLA, N.M. (KRQE) – The FBI has filed a search warrant seeking more information about several accomplices allegedly tied to the August 2022 armed robbery and murder a Blake’s Lotaburger employee. Ricky Eddie Martinez Jr. is accused of robbing the Blake’s Lotaburger in Española and shooting employee Cypress Garcia in the chest. Garcia died as a result of the shooting.

Federal investigators accuse Martinez of having involvement in a string of armed robberies before the shooting that killed Cypress Garcia. According to a search warrant, Martinez may have been aided by as many as three people.


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In August, one of those alleged accomplices, Adelene Urquijo was charged in New Mexico state district court for one count of harboring or aiding a felon. Urquijo is accused of being Martinez’s getaway driver during the shooting at Blake’s. That case is pending.

Another alleged accomplice, Chelsea Fernandez, 29, was charged in state district court in August for being a getaway driver in separate robberies that took place before the murder. Fernandez was facing one count of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, however, court records indicate the case was dropped in September 2022.

There’s no indication as to why Fernandez’s case was dropped. So far, online court records do not indicate that Fernandez has been charged by federal prosecutors.

A third accomplice, whose initials are A.T., is also accused of having a role in Martinez’s case. Investigators say there’s evidence they communicated through Facebook in plotting and carrying out the robberies. Investigators are now seeking a warrant to gain access to Martinez’s Facebook account as part of their case.