Suspects Arrested in Series of Armed Robberies on Bike and Hike Trails

Police still searching for additional suspects in the bike-trail robberies

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    Police continue to investigate a series of armed robberies in Santa Clarita involving a group of people who swarm the victim. Kim Baldonado reports live for the NBC4 News at Noon June 18, 2014.

    Police have arrested two suspects involved in a series of armed robberies along a Santa Clarita bike trail, authorities said Wednesday.

    Raymond Gatica, 21, was arrested June 12 and a 15-year-old boy was apprehended on Wednesday in connection with a string of robberies in Canyon Country, according to a press release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

    Victims in three separate robberies reported being stopped by a group of males at gunpoint and demanded to hand over their valuables, deputies said.

    The first robbery occurred at midnight May 25 when eight males pulled a gun on a man walking on the bike path near Sierra Highway and Via Princessa. The suspected thieves took his wallet, backpack, cellphone and credit cards, deputies said.

    This robbery followed another reported earlier that evening.

    A few days later another armed robbery occurred on 18300 block of Soledad Canyon Road around 6 p.m. The victim reported he was stopped by 10 males while walking on the pathway and demanded to hand over his money.

    He was struck after telling them he had no money.

    Gatica is being held without bail and the 15-year-old boy was taken to Sylmar Juvenile Hall.

    The Sheriff's Department's Santa Clarita Valley station is asking anyone with information that could assist in the ongoing investigation to call 661-255-1121 or 1-800-222-TIPS.

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