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Sheriff's deputies, police track down, arrest armed robbery suspect in Brawley

March 06, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — County Sheriff's deputies and Calipatria and Westmorland police joined with officers from this city early today in tracking down an armed robbery suspect.

The search ended shortly before daybreak when officers arrested Luis Juarez, 26, of Calipatria on suspicion of armed robbery.

Brawley police Lt. Henry Graham said the incident started when an officer saw two people running from the Vons parking lot shortly before 3:30 this morning.

That officer was flagged down by a man, Ronald Gibson, 59, of Brawley who said he had been approached in the Vons parking lot by a man brandishing a knife.

Gibson told police the man had threatened him at knifepoint and forced him to hand over his car keys.

Police began pursuing the individuals who had been seen running from the parking lot.

They tracked one suspect to the 100 block of D Street, where the suspect had been seen jumping over fences into area yards.


Police called in support from the Sheriff's Office, Calipatria and Westmorland to cordon the neighborhood around the 100 block of D Street.

Before 5 a.m., officers heard a dog barking in one yard and found Juarez hiding underneath a car.

They arrested him without further incident on suspicion of armed robbery. He was booked into the county jail. Information on his bail was unavailable this morning.

Police have not found the second man they saw running from Vons.

Gibson reported he was approached and threatened by only one man. He later identified Juarez as his assailant.

After the arrest, police continued to search through the area. They found a knife allegedly used in the robbery and Gibson's car keys. They also found a jacket Juarez had reportedly been wearing.

Gibson was not injured in the incident.

Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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