WINDSOR (AP) — Two men accused of robbing a Northern California armored car are also suspected of carrying out a similar heist in Southern California.
Police also say one suspect confessed to fatally shooting a Los Angeles-area deli owner during a robbery last year.
The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat reported Saturday that Sergey Gutsu, 24, is expected to be charged with the June 2015 homicide of a 62-year-old owner of a San Dimas Quizno’s sandwich shop.
Gutsu and Ivan Morales, 23, were arrested in Northern California’s wine country Tuesday after an armored car driver was shot and wounded with an assault rifle and robbed of unspecified cash. An hour after the robbery in Sonoma County, police in neighboring Napa County arrested the pair after ramming their car. Gutsu is also charged with shooting at police in Napa County.
No injuries were reported after the duo’s arrest, though Gutsu appeared in court Tuesday with a black eye.
The two are also suspected of robbing an armored car in Granada Hills in March. The two appeared in court Tuesday, but didn’t enter pleas. Gutsu’s attorney Jonathan Steele and Morales attorney Jeff Mitchell declined to comment.
Investigators declined to discuss how they connected Gutsu to the homicide of the deli owner. But Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department homicide investigator Lt. John Corina said Gutsu confessed.
“He admitted to us that he did the murder,” Corina said.