Santa Paula Times

SPPD: Two arrested for suspicion of cell phone robbery at knifepoint

June 04, 2010
Santa Paula Police Department

Santa Paula Police Tuesday arrested a man and woman - who acted as the lookout - on suspicion of robbing two people at knifepoint the previous evening near a busy intersection.

The robbery, according to Sgt. Joey de los Reyes, was reported at 8:15 p.m. June 1.

The victims told officers they were walking near the intersection of Palm Avenue and Main Street when a man and a woman approached them.

The man said De los Reyes, showed a knife and demanded their cell phones.

During the robbery, he added, the woman acted as a lookout.

No one was injured in the robbery before the suspects fled the scene.

After an investigation, on Wednesday Santa Paula Officers arrested city residents Richard Gonzalez, 19, and Naomi Marrufo, 20, in connection with the crime.

De los Reyes said both suspects were booked into Ventura County Jail on suspicion of robbery and gang-related - street terrorism - charges.

Gonzalez remained in custody Thursday morning in lieu of $105,000 bail. Marrufo, who could also face a charge of misdemeanor marijuana possession, was being held in lieu of $115,000.