SANTA CLARITA (CBSLA.com) — Two men were in custody Wednesday in connection with a string of robberies along bike paths in the Santa Clarita Valley, authorities said.
KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou reports Los Angeles County Sheriff’s detectives are hoping to arrest more suspects over the next few days in at least three robberies that took place in Canyon Country involving the victims being surrounded by a group of men and robbed in just a matter of a few seconds.
Investigators with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station’s Career Offenders, Burglary, Robbery Apprehension Team (COBRA) unit arrested a 15-year-old juvenile suspect Tuesday night, authorities said. A second suspect, 21-year-old Raymond Gatica, of Canyon Country, was arrested on June 12.
The two suspects are believed to have been part of a group of as many as 10 men involved in reported robbery incidents on May 24 in the area of Sierra Highway and Via Princessa and May 31 in the 18300 block of Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country, according to Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Dubin.
“These incidents all happened on a bike path or a trail close to what I would describe as a wash area, kind of a secluded area,” Dubin said.
Anyone with information on the investigation is asked to contact Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station at (661-255-1121. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous can call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.