UPDATE: Santa Clarita Deputies Arrest 2, Seek Suspects In Armed Robberies
ORIGINALLY POSTED 2014-06-17 14:19:04 -0700 UPDATES CHARGES AGAINST SUSPECT
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station officials with the COBRA unit identified a teen and a man Thursday as part of an ongoing investigation into three armed robberies in Canyon Country.
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Raymond Gatica, 21, of Canyon Country, was arrested Friday in connection with three reports of armed robberies committed in May.
A 15-year-old boy was arrested Tuesday. Sheriff’s Station officials did not release his identity.
Now there are two individuals in custody, and Sheriff’s Station detectives plan to make more arrests as the case continues,” said Deputy Josh Dubin of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station's Crime Prevention Unit.
The COBRA, or Career Offenders, Burglary Robbery, Assault team investigates gang-related crime in the Santa Clarita Valley.
A Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said the complaint against Gatica, aka Diablo, alleges one count of second degree robbery, one count of attempted second degree robbery and one count of assault with a semiautomatic firearm.
Gatica faced a preliminary arraignment Monday when he was charged, and is due back July 29 at Los Angeles Superior Court in San Fernando.
Gatica is being held without bail due to a revocation of his parole. The charges against him allege a previous conviction for possession of a deadly weapon.
A Santa Clarita man was riding his bicycle on a path close to the wash area, near Sierra Highway and Via Princessa, around midnight May 25, when he was surrounded by eight men.
One of the men reportedly pulled a handgun, pointed it at the suspect and demanded his wallet.
The suspects then reportedly stole the victim’s wallet, backpack, cellphone and credit cards.
This was the second robbery reported that night under similar circumstances. The suspects in that incident fit a description similar to ones in the other robbery, officials said.
The following Saturday, a third armed robbery was reported around 6 p.m. on the 18300 block of Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country.
A man walking on the bike path in the area was approached by approximately 10 male suspects, one of whom pulled out a black hand gun and demanded the victim’s money.
When the victim stated he had no money, the victim was hit by the suspects who then fled the area.
Gatica is being held without bail for his alleged involvement in these robberies.
If anyone has any further information that can assist detectives in the investigation, tey are asked to call the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station at 661-255-1121.
Anonymous tips can be reported to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
No further information regarding this incident is available at this time.
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