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Ripon Police nab armed robbery suspects

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Ripon Police nab armed robbery suspects

Two of the three armed suspects arrested early Monday morning by Ripon officers.

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POSTED February 17, 2009 4:23 a.m.
RIPON – Three armed suspects were arrested early Monday morning by Ripon officers who were positioned and waiting for them if they entered the city – and enter it they did.
Sgt. Steve Merchant said two Ripon units were reacting to an all points bulletin from the San Joaquin County Sheriff to be on the lookout for a trio of men who had been involved in the armed robbery of a service station in a rural Tracy area of San Joaquin County. Modesto police had also reported similar robberies in their city.
It was about 5:30 a.m. and one Ripon squad car was waiting on the alert near the Shell gas station and mini-mart next to the northbound Highway 99 off ramp. The other unit was idling near the truck stop area on Jack Tone Road, also waiting for the robbery suspects to pull into Ripon.
Coincidentally, that same Shell station had been robbed at gunpoint in mid-January and men matching the same description made off with an undetermined amount of cash. Ripona Market had also been robbed at gunpoint in August by men matching the description of the trio police arrested Monday morning.
Ripon officer Trevor McGinnis was first to spot a 2007 black Honda sedan exiting the northbound lanes of Highway 99, near the Shell station at East Main Street, with three male occupants. Eye contact was made between the two drivers and the car made a left turn onto the frontage road and headed westbound, Merchant said.
McGinnis noticed the car had no license plates and gave chase, calling for the backup of other units. Sgt. Merchant said the men pulled off the frontage road and turned onto Acacia Avenue where they turned off their headlights with the Ripon officer activating his emergency lights, pulling in behind them.
They were arrested without incident as four other Ripon units responded to the scene along with officers from Modesto and the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office. Ripon Sgt. Don Luthey located a chrome semi-automatic hand gun in the center console between the front seats. It appeared to be loaded, police said. Deputies arrived on the scene in Ripon and made a positive identification of the suspects after viewing the security video at the Tracy service station.
Arrested for suspicion of armed robbery were two Hispanic males and one Asian male. Taken to San Joaquin County Jail were Sandeep Sing, 21, and Ramon Anthony Lor, 18, both of Stockton, in addition to a 17-year-old youth, also from Stockton. The juvenile was booked into the Juvenile Justice Center and charged with four counts of armed robbery and conspicary.
Lor and Singh were also charged with conspiracy and booked into San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp in lieu of $180,000 bail each.
San Joaquin County Sheriff’s spokesman Les Garcia said the scenario began when deputies responded to an armed robbery at 4:40 a.m. Monday morning at Union 76 service station in the 3200 block of Chrisman Road in Tracy. A clerk was reportedly being robbed at gunpoint by a Hispanic male who fled in a black Honda Accord.
Tracy police and Lodi police had reports of previous robberies in their cities prior to Monday morning involving a black Honda with no license plates.
Deputies arrived at the Union 76 station and put out a “be on the lookout” broadcast for two Hispanic males driving a 2007-2008 black Honda reported to be armed with a black handgun. In addition to locating a semi-automatic handgun in the center console at the Ripon location, deputies said they also discovered stolen money and stolen property.
The Ripon Shell service station gunpoint robbery occurred on Jan. 19, shortly before 6 a.m., by men again matching the same description, according to Sgt. Merchant. There also had been multiple robberies reported the night before, he said.
The August robbery of the Ripona Market occurred shortly before 11 p.m. with two subjects repoprtedly entering the store wearing black bandanas over their faces, black caps, and both were armed with hand guns. The clerk turned over an undetermined amount of cash while he had a gun pointed his head, police said.
As the gunmen were leaving the store, they allegedly robbed a couple also at gunpoint who had parked their vehicle in front of the small neighborhood grocery store.
On Sunday night about 6 p.m., a service station on Victor Road in rural Lodi was robbed at gunpoint by individuals also matching the description of those arrested in Ripon on Monday, according to a sheriff’s spokesman.
Ripon special investigative unit detective Anthony Demaranis  joined sheriff’s department and Modesto, Livermore and Lodi detectives in questioning the suspects at the San Joaquin County Jail Monday morning. The investigations into those agencies with similar robberies are reportedly being handled by the individual departments and are ongoing.
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