1 of 2 Thong-Facemask Robbery Suspects Sentenced

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) One of two Lakewood men who used women’s thong underwear to cover their faces while they robbed an Arvada convenience store has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Twenty-year-old Joaquin Rico was sentenced Tuesday. He and 25-year-old Joseph Richard espInoza pleaded guilty to the May 15 robbery.

According to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office, the pair threw a large rock through a window of the convenience store at 5 a.m., shortly after the clerk opened the store.

One man wore a green thong; the other wore blue. Each thong barely covered the man’s nose, mouth and chin.

Once inside, Rico grabbed the clerk by the neck and punched her in the face several times, breaking her jaw. He then collected about $100 from the cash registers, while Espinoza stole 37 packs of cigarettes.

Espinoza’s sentencing is scheduled for Monday.

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