Man convicted in attempted robbery of Sparks restaurant

Eric Romero-Lobato, 39, convicted of carjacking in Reno. Washoe County jail photo.
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Update: A jury convicted a man of several charges in connection with an attempted robbery of a restaurant in Sparks.

Eric Romero-Lobato, 39, faces a maximum sentence of life in prison when he is sentenced March 31, 2020.

According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Romero-Lobato, armed with a 9mm semi-automatic pistol, attempted to rob a Sparks restaurant with another man in March 2018. During the attempted robbery, he fired a shot inside the restaurant.

Romero-Lobato was arrested May 14, 2018, when police responded to a report of an armed carjacking in Reno, for which Romero-Lobato was later found guilty of in July 2019. The U.S. Attorneys Office says Romero-Lobato led police on a high speed chase before wrecking the car he stole. Police arrested Romero-Lobato and found a 9mm semi-automatic pistol in his possession. Through forensics, the gun was determined to be the same gun used in the robbery attempt.

Romero-Lobato is in custody and is awaiting a jury trial on a separate indictment, which charges that Romero-Lobato is not a United States citizen and illegally reentered the United States.

Original Story: A U.S. District Court jury in Reno found a man guilty of carjacking on Thursday.

Eric Romero-Lobato, 39, faces a maximum sentence of life in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 19 by Judge Larry Hicks. Romero-Lobato also has charges pending he robbed a Sparks bar and grill.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said the evidence showed Romero-Lobato used a 9mm pistol and stole a car at gunpoint in May 2018. The Reno Police Department found the stolen vehicle within hours and Romero-Lobato led them on a high-speed chase until he wrecked the car.

He has prior convictions for illegally reentering the country after being deported and for eluding a police officer, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

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