UPDATED: Deputies Catch Robbery Suspects In Crowded Mall
UPDATED 4:16 p.m. Thursday
Three young Hispanic men suspected of a robbery at Macy's gave sheriff's deputies a run for their money this afternoon in the Westfield Valencia Town Center.
About 2 p.m., the call came out that the three men, described as wearing black baseball caps emblazoned with a white "P" had escaped after fighting with a security guard at Macy's.
According to Detective Dan Finn of the Santa Clarita Valley station, the three were inside the Macy's department store at the Town Center and were caught on surveillance tape stealing several pairs of high-end sunglasses. The security guard attempted to stop them and a fight ensued.
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The security guard took one into custody, but two suspects escaped. Quick action by deputies who sealed off mall entrances and pursued one suspect to a nearby transit station resulted in the capture of a second suspect.
In an unrelated incident (read story here) a strongarm robbery was committed in Stevenson Ranch at about the same time that the suspects were making their getaway. The victim in that incident described her suspect's car as a black, late model Dodge Charger.
Within minutes of the description broadcast, deputies stopped a black Dodge Charger on the southbound I-5 freeway, thinking they might have their suspect from the Stevenson Ranch crime. Instead, they found the third suspect from the mall incident was a passenger in the Charger. They arrested both the passenger and the driver and confiscated merchandise from the vehicle that had been stolen from Macy's.
All four suspects are in custody at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's station; officials indicated that they were gang members who lived outside the Santa Clarita Valley.