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Armed robbery suspect arrested in Calexico

October 15, 2010|By SILVIO J. PANTA | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer

CALEXICO — A Perris resident wanted for armed robbery was arrested Thursday at a motel not far from the Calexico Police Department, authorities said.
Reace Foster, 48, was seen walking nervously toward the Wells Fargo Bank on Fourth Street before he turned back to the Don Juan Motel, said Calexico police Lt. Gonzalo Gerardo.
That was where officers in marked and unmarked cars approached Foster, who carried no weapons, and arrested him about 9 a.m. without incident.
A second suspect, Valdovinos Oregon, 21, also of Perris, was arrested on suspicion of aiding and abetting Foster. Foster had been recently paroled for armed robbery when he allegedly stole his vehicle that was impounded during his incarnation, said Calexico Police Chief Jim Neujahr.
A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent happened to pass by the motel on Fourth Street and saw Foster sitting inside the car before a license plate check was run, said Calexico police Lt. Gonzalo Gerardo.
Police were alerted when the check indicated that the car Foster occupied was reported stolen, Gerardo said.
ICE agents sometimes patrol near the downtown Calexico area, Gerardo said. Foster had no luggage with him when officers searched his motel room, authorities said.
It was not immediately known how long how ago the car was reported stolen, but Gerardo said authorities planned to determine what Foster was doing in Calexico.

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