Five Sacramentans were arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of armed robbery following two reported events in Placer County, Sheriff Edward N. Bonner said in a press release today. Three of the suspects are juveniles.
Bonner said the effort was the work of a collaboration of multiple local law enforcement agencies,
Around 10:40 p.m., the Placer County sheriff's 911 dispatch received a call from a clerk working at the Comfort Inn on Auburn Ravine Road, the release said. The female clerk said four men entered the lobby wearing masks and gloves and robbed her at gunpoint. The release said one of the men broke a telephone in the lobby.
About a half an hour later, 911 dispatchers received another call from a clerk at the Colfax Food and Gas business on South Auburn Street, stating he too had been robbed at gunpoint. This robbery involved five people rather than four, the release said. The five suspects stole money from the store and then threw the cash register's drawer at the clerk, hitting him in the head.
The release said both locations had surveillance video which was used to inform nearby agencies about the suspects' vehicle.
Around 11:30 p.m., an Auburn Police officer noticed the vehicle pull into a Holiday Inn hotel. The vehicle then drove onto the I-80 freeway as the officer followed.
The vehicle was pulled over for a felony stop with the help of the California Highway Patrol and officers from Rocklin and Rosevile police departments, the release said. During the stop, officers found money, guns and masks.
Five were arrested for the alleged armed robberies, three of whom are juveniles. Jamaul Lee Baker, 26, and Justina Irene Baker, 22, were arrested on suspicion of armed robbery, conspiracy and child endangerment. One 15-year-old and two 14-year-olds were also arrested on suspicions of robbery and conspiracy. The three were booked at Placer County Juvenile Hall.