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Aug 5, 2014 9:12 PM by Andy Koen

Defense attorney calls robbery suspect family man

PUEBLO - The public defender representing the Texas man jailed for allegedly holding up a marijuana store in Pueblo West Monday told the magistrate his client has no previous criminal history, has been married for 19 years, has kids in the 5th and 7th grades and was a volunteer coach.

David Lopez, 40, of Austin, Texas waived the formal reading of his advisement this afternoon. He's being held at the Pueblo County Jail on felony charges of kidnapping, robbery and menacing and a misdemeanor charge of false imprisonment.

Deputies with the Pueblo County Sheriffs Office SWAT Team arrested Lopez as he ran from the Cannasseur Marijuana Dispensary on Precision Drive in Pueblo West Monday morning.

According to a sheriff's office news release, Lopez reportedly forced an employee into the store at gunpoint. He then bound the hands of the employees, ripped the phones from the wall and took a large quantity of marijuana and marijuana infused products.

Lopez was armed with a 9mm Glock pistol and the stolen items were still in his possession when taken into custody. Deputies say his vehicle parked nearby and that the license plates had been concealed.

The prosecutor initially requested bond be set at $50,000. Lopez's attorney asked for $25,000 instead. In the end, Magistrate Dorthy Radakovich set bond at $100,000 citing concern over the nature of the allegations and large number of victims.

Lopez is expected in court next on Monday.

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