2 booked in robbery, assault of 75-year-old who fought off attackers

A man has been arrested in connection with the Tuesday armed robbery and assault of a 75-year-old woman who fought off her attackers in northwest Amarillo, according to the Amarillo Police Department.


APD said Isaac Fernando Cardoza, 21, was arrested on a charge of burglary of a habitation with intent to commit a felony other than theft — the assault of the woman. He was booked into the Potter County jail about 9:20 p.m. after a patrol officer located the white 2012 Chevrolet sedan that investigators had previously identified as the suspect’s vehicle.

The officer stopped the car at 501 S. Kentucky St. Property — including the laptop taken in the robbery — was found inside the vehicle.

Police said documents from the woman’s purse were also taken during the robbery, and earlier Wednesday afternoon a man tried to cash a check that was stolen at Mr. Payroll at 1400 E. Amarillo Blvd.

About 3:10 p.m., APD said officers stopped a pickup linked to the suspect identified in connection with the attempted cashing of the check near South Arthur Street and 16th Avenue.

The suspect, identified as Michael Anthony Martinez, 37, was in the back seat not wearing a seat belt. He was arrested on a forgery charge and booked into the Potter County jail.

He has not been charged with robbery.

Investigators are still working on this case, including reviewing other reported attempts to cash checks taken in the incident that happened Tuesday evening in the 1300 block of Montclair Drive.

Police said the woman reportedly answered repeated knocking at the door to find a person pointing a handgun at her.

The armed person and another robber followed the woman into the home and tied her wrists behind her with either cord or cloth, police said, but she pulled her wrists free and tried to gain control of the gun that the robber was still holding.

Both fell to the floor during a struggle for the weapon, and the woman got up and retrieved a handgun from a nightstand, police said.

Both robbers fled the home, and no shots were fired.

The woman received abrasions on her forearms, hands and face. She was treated at the scene, police said.