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ELKO – An Elko woman has pleaded not guilty to robbing the Port of Subs restaurant in October.

Erika Marie Lozano, 30, entered her plea before Judge Nancy Porter in Elko District Court, Department 1.

Lozano was charged with robbery with the use of a deadly weapon; conspiracy to commit robbery; burglary while in possession of a firearm; and assault with the use of a deadly weapon, all category B felonies.

She was also charged with grand larceny, a category C felony, and conspiracy to commit grand larceny, a gross misdemeanor.

A person convicted of robbery could receive two to 15 years in prison. With a deadly weapon enhancement, a person could serve an additional one to 15 years in prison.

A date for the four-day jury trial has not been set.

At the time of the robbery, Elko Police Lt. Mike Palhegyi said two suspects wearing masks entered Port of Subs at the Elko Junction Shopping Center on Oct. 3, shortly after closing. One of them brandished a firearm, took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the premises.

Days after the robbery, a police investigation recovered evidence from an Osino residence which connected Lozano to the robbery.

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Elko police officially released a photo of Lozano, identifying her as one of the suspects in the robbery, and asked the public for information leading to her arrest.

Lozano was bound over in Elko Justice Court, Department B, by acting justice of the peace Patricia Calton on Dec. 19. Elko County Deputy Public Defender Matthew Pennell was appointed to represent her.

A second suspect in the robbery has not been identified and is still outstanding, said Palhegyi.

Lozano remains free on bail.


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