Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies arrested another individual Tuesday, and are seeking additional suspects in connection to a series of armed robberies reported last month, official said Tuesday.
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Sheriff’s Station officials with the Career Offenders, Robbery Burglary and Arson, or COBRA unit, and Crime Prevention Unit deputies served two search warrants Tuesday morning, making one arrest in connection with the reports of people being robbed along while traveling on Santa Clarita bike paths.
No similar robberies have been reported since the initial arrests were made, said Deputy Josh Dubin of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station’s Crime Prevention Unit.
“So far, over the last couple of weeks, four people have been placed in custody (in connection with the robberies), three of them are minors,” Dubin said. “However, this still part of an active investigation.”
One juvenile suspect sought with search warrant Tuesday morning is still outstanding.
All but one of the suspects taken into custody are juveniles, which is why their identities have not been released by Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station officials,
Sheriff’s Station officials have identified a fifth and sixth suspect, whom they are actively seeking.
Raymond Gatica, 21, of Canyon Country, was arrested in June in connection with three reports of armed robberies committed in May.
As a result of his arrest, he was booked on a parole and sentenced to six months in jail, according to a District Attorney’s Office spokesman.
From an earlier story:
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.
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Source: Santa Clarita News