Suspects in Grand Island armed robbery arrested

Alexis Moreno-Sanchez was arrested on multiple charges connected to an armed robbery in Grand Island. Joseph Hart was also arrested. (Source: Hall County Department of Corrections)
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - A Texas man is facing multiple charges following an armed robbery Monday night in Grand Island.

According to Grand Island Police, a robbery was reported at Pumpers Convenience Store at 1904 N Diers Ave at 7:50 p.m.

The report details a man, later identified as 21-year-old Alexis Moreno-Sanchez, of Texas, brandishing a firearm and demanding money. GIPD said the suspect took a little more than $150 and was seen getting into a dark colored SUV and fled the scene.

GIPD Captain Jim Duering said the weapon used was a BB gun, though very realistic looking that the employees wouldn't know.

He said Nebraska State Patrol was about to locate the vehicle at Casey's General Store on Highway 30, while the Hall County Sheriff's Office had previous information that became beneficial in the investigation.

During the investigation, the whereabouts of Moreno-Sanchez led police to Alda.

GIPD, Hall County Sheriff's Office and NSP all gathered there and contacted 35-year-old Joseph Hart, of Alda. Hart was identified as the driver of the suspect vehicle.

After many attempts to get Moreno-Sanchez out of the residence, the GIPD Tactical Team and K9 unit was used. Captain Duering said K9 Cochise was deployed with handler Bourke Bowen. Moreno-Sanchez was hiding in the attic and refused to come out. Duering said the suspect was bit by K9 Cochise.

While Moreno-Sanchez was in the back of the patrol vehicle, GIPD said he was instructed to lean forward that's when he spit in GIPD offficer Jose Rodriguez's face.

Moreno-Sanchez was taken to the hospital for the dog bite, but has since been released and taken to the Hall County Jail.

He was arrested for robbery, use of a weapon to commit a felony, obstruction and assault on an officer (bodily fluid). Hart was arrested for accessory to felony.

Captain Duering said without cooperation with the agencies, it wouldn't have broken down how it did.

He goes on to say the suspects were located, the suspected firearm was found and the money taken was recovered.