Treatment ordered for robbery suspect, new charges for accomplice

Treatment ordered for robbery suspect, new charges for accomplice

From the Las Vegas Optic

A man charged with committing violent robberies is receiving court-ordered treatment for addiction while his girlfriend, who is also charged in a number of robberies, has been arrested again.

Brian J. Sandoval, 19, and Adamina R. Esquibel, 20, who were both arrested in October, have since been released from jail on bond. Sandoval’s conditions of release stipulated that he enter an in-patient substance abuse program. Esquibel’s conditions of release stipulated she remain on house arrest; however, she was arrested again Jan. 18 on a new charge that she stole a handgun.

The felony larceny charge was filed after a man told police his 9 mm handgun was missing after Esquibel borrowed his vehicle.

The man said he’d loaned his car to Esquibel, and that he’d accidentally left the gun in the center console. When Esquibel returned the car about 30 minutes later, the gun was missing, according to an arrest affidavit filed in San Miguel Magistrate Court. When confronted about the missing firearm, Esquibel said she didn’t know where it was, but offered the man $300 to cover its loss.

Esquibel denied she’d taken the gun and told police she’d borrowed the man’s car to get a cigarette from a friend. She said she was unable to obtain a cigarette, and then went to a fast food restaurant to use free Wi-Fi before returning the car.

Esquibel was out of jail on an unsecured bond and was supposed to be on house arrest. Following Esquibel’s Oct. 4 arrest, Judge Melanie Rivera initially set bond at $5,000 with the stipulation Esquibel begin an in-patient treatment program. During a review hearing, Judge Rivera lowered Esquibel’s bond to an unsecured bond, stipulating she could not be released until she was accepted into a treatment program. On Oct. 20, she was released to the care of a family member and ordered to house arrest.

Court records show that Esquibel had entered a treatment program, but was sent home in November due to a case of COVID-19 with another person in the program.

Sandoval, meanwhile, entered an in-patient treatment program in Phoenix, Arizona, according to court records. During a Jan. 27 status hearing, Sandoval told District Court Judge Gerald Baca treatment was going well.

“This is the best thing to ever happen to me,” Sandoval said, according to a transcript of the hearing. “I want to stay here and start anew. I do not want to go back to New Mexico.”

Sandoval and Esquibel were initially charged after Las Vegas police investigated a series of robberies, including a Sept. 13, 2020, robbery of an older man in his home near Seventh Street and Legion Drive, and a Sept. 30 robbery of a woman who was walking along Hot Springs Boulevard near Taos Street. In both cases, victims reported being physically assaulted.

Sandoval is charged in three separate cases. He faces charges of resisting, evading arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia in one case, robbery in a second case and charges of robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and aggravated battery in a third case.

Esquibel is scheduled to go on trial in May on charges of robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and aggravated battery relating to the September robbery. She also faces charges of burglary of a vehicle, larceny, motor vehicle theft and conspiracy to commit burglary stemming from an earlier incident where she and Sandoval are accused of robbing a man and stealing his truck near United World College-USA.

Esquibel was released Jan. 22 on an unsecured $5,000 bond set by Judge Rivera. She has been ordered to remain on house arrest with a GPS ankle monitor, and has been ordered to enter an in-patient treatment program as soon as possible. She is scheduled to appear in Magistrate Court on March 16 for a preliminary hearing in the case involving the stolen firearm.