* On Sunday, May 25, a robbery was reported to Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Deputies. The robbery occurred at 12:05 am in the area of Sierra Highway and Via Princessa. The victim reportedly was riding his bicycle on the path close to the wash area when he was surrounded by eight males. One of the males pulled out a handgun and pointed it at him. The males then stole the victim’s wallet, backpack, cell phone, and credit cards. This robbery occurred just after another robbery was reported earlier that same evening, at the same location with similar suspect descriptions.
* On Saturday, May 31, an attempted robbery was reported from the 18300 block of Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country. This incident occurred at approximately 6:00 pm. The victim reported while walking on the bike path in the area he was approached by approximately ten males, one of which pulled out a black handgun and demanded the victim’s money. When the victim stated he had no money, the suspect(s) hit the victim. The suspects then fled the area.
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Career Offenders, Burglary, Robbery Apprehension Team (COBRA) detectives assumed control of the investigation in all of the robbery incidents. COBRA detectives were able to identify Raymond Gatica, a 21-year-old male from Canyon Country, as one of the primary suspects in these robbery incidents. Gatica was arrested on June 12, 2014, for his alleged involvement in these robbery incidents and is currently being held without bail pending further court proceedings. Mr. Gatica was the second suspect arrested in these robbery incidents. Today, a 15 year old male was detained and transported to Sylmar Juvenile Hall for his alleged involvement in these incidents.
COBRA detectives have partnered with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Crime Prevention Unit (CPU) along with station patrol deputies to continue this investigation. COBRA detectives are confident that more arrest will be made on the additional robbery suspect(s) in the future.
It is the goal of everyone at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station to send clear message to anyone considering using the paseo systems, bike paths, or trails for unlawful purposes such as loitering, alcohol consumption, drug use, or to commit acts of robbery, that these crimes will not be tolerated. Criminals who choose to break the law and are caught will be arrested.
If you have any further information that can assist detectives in this investigation, please contact Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station at 661-255-1121. If you would like to remain anonymous, please call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
No further information regarding this incident is available at this time.
Deputies always encourage residents to immediately report criminal or suspicious activity in their neighborhoods. We encourage you to stay engaged with helping us keep Santa Clarita safe.