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School resource officer follows the trail of 2 robbery suspects leading to capture

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School resource officer follows the trail of 2 robbery suspects leading to capture

Two suspected Norteno gang members Felix Hernandez and Jordan O’Dell, both 18, are patted down by an officer before being taken into the Manteca jail Thursday charged with armed robbery and conspir...

GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin


POSTED January 27, 2012 12:09 a.m.

Two 18-year-old suspects in a Wednesday afternoon armed robbery were arrested after a two day dogged pursuit by Manteca Police School Resource Officer April Smith that led her to the 1000 block of Aldwina Lane around noon on Thursday.

Felix Matthew Hernandez, 18, and Jordan Michael O’Dell, also 18, were taken into custody by officers who reportedly found the bicycle in the garage of the Hernandez home that was from a 21-year-old man who was pedaling his younger brother to their home in the 300 block of Sutter Street.

Officer Smith said that the men were driving down Sutter Street when they challenged the bicycle rider, asking if he was a member of the Central Valley Sureno (CVS) street gang.  Not waiting for a reply they jumped out of their car and allegedly beat him up, taking his bicycle and a cell phone.

The victim flagged the Manteca High resource officer down on North Sherman Street after the beating that occurred near his home.   A number of police cars moved into the surrounding neighborhoods looking for the suspects.

The two 18-year-old former Manteca students were charged with armed robbery referring to the use of “hands and feet” in taking the bicycle and cell phone along with conspiracy to commit the crime, police said. 

Officer Smith said the victim was able to identify the duo from a photo lineup at the police department.

Hernandez was charged with three felonies resulting in a bail at the San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp of $155,000. The felonies included robbery, receiving stolen property valued over $200 and conspiracy.  A court date was set for Monday in the Manteca Branch of the San Joaquin County Superior Court at 1:30 p.m.

O’Dell’s bail of $160,000 included a $10,000 warrant for possession of burglary tools and for receiving stolen property.  The fresh charges included conspiracy to commit a crime and robbery with bail set at $150,000.  His court date in the Manteca Branch of the San Joaquin County Superior Court was set for today at 8:30 a.m.

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