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PD: Man armed with machete robs Tempe Circle K of cash, cigars and cigarettes

Posted: 11:52 AM, Oct 12, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-12 17:52:48Z

A man used an 18-inch machete to rob a convenience store of cash, cigars, and cigarettes according to court paperwork.

Tempe police report that on October 7 a man, later identified as 28-year-old Emilo Bustamante, entered the Circle K store near Hardy Drive and Baseline Road.

Police say Bustamante pulled out an 18-inch machete and threatened to stab the clerk. Bustamante allegedly demanded the clerk put packs of cigarettes into a bag. 

He then reportedly stole about $300 in cash and several packs of cigars. 

Bustamante fled the store but was tracked down by police in the backyard of a home about a half-mile away. Police say Bustamante had a sheath wrapped around his body, but reportedly told police that he threw the machete away as he fled. 

He's been charged with armed robbery, kidnapping, and aggravated assault.