- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 12, 2016

RED RIVER, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico bank employee and her cousin have been arrested along with another man after authorities concluded that a robbery was an inside job, according to court documents released Wednesday.

Investigators made the allegations after viewing surveillance video they say shows suspect Jennifer Marissa Miera didn’t bother to read a holdup note given to her by a man later identified as her cousin Troy Montoya.

People’s Bank in Red River was robbed of $12,229 on Oct. 6, an FBI agent said in an affidavit.

After viewing the video, investigators said, they re-interviewed Miera and were told her involvement came under duress because two unidentified men had threatened her if she didn’t cooperate.

A search of Miera’s home then unearthed incriminating items such as torn pieces of paper that “appeared to be the bottom half of the demand note,” the affidavit said.

Montoya confessed to participating in the robbery, the affidavit said.

The investigation also resulted in the arrest of Shawn Michael Goodrum Jr.

Authorities said he knew about the robbery but concealed it so he could blackmail Miera to get some of the money.

The affidavit says Miera initially asked Goodrum to help rob the bank but turned to Montoya when Goodrum didn’t respond immediately.

Goodrum, the affidavit said, initially told Miera he wanted only $1,000, “but that Miera told him he could take half of the money in the bag.”

The affidavit said investigators recovered more than $6,000 from Goodrum, his truck and home.

All three defendants appeared Wednesday in federal court in Albuquerque, where a magistrate ordered them detained pending another hearing.

An attorney for Montoya declined comment on the accusations. An attorney for Miera did not immediate respond to a request for comment. It could not be immediately determined whether Goodrum has an attorney.


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