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Organization: Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station
Date: May 28, 2009
Gang Members Can't Outrun SCV Sheriffs
Thursday - May 28, 2008 - 1:55 a.m. - Canyon Country:
    Two suspected gang members are behind bars tonight and a third is hospitalized following an early morning attempted robbery and assault incident on the bicycle path near the 27500 block of Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Deputies responded to an emergency call at the 7-Eleven Store, located on Soledad Canyon Road near Sierra Highway, where a man stated he was just assaulted by three men who attempted to rob him.
    The man said he was walking on the bicycle path when he was approached by three men who surrounded him and began asking where he was from. The men reportedly attempted to rob him and one of the suspects apparently struck the victim with a large metal wrench. The other suspects allegedly punched the victim several times. The victim managed to break free and run away from the suspects who chased him to the 7-Eleven store. Deputies were called in and one of the responding units spotted one of the suspects running near the bicycle path and gave chase. That suspect, Jose Baeza, MH/23, of Canyon Country stopped running and surrendered to deputies a short time later, about 100 yards away. He was taken into custody without incident.
    Deputies immediately established a containment of the area and additional resources from the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department's Operation Safe Streets (OSS) Bureau - Gang Enforcement Team (GET), and the Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB) K-9 Unit converged on the area. Deputies also called in a helicopter from the Sheriff Department's AERO Bureau. A short time later an OSS deputy saw a suspect jump over a fence from a nearby apartment building onto the bicycle path. The man then jumped a second fence into the wash area below. The deputy also saw a male running through the wash. When deputies arrived at the area where the man had jumped the fence, they say that he had fallen 15-30 feet to the wash area below and was injured and unable to run away. That suspect, Adrian Garcia, MH/29, of Lancaster was treated at the scene by Los Angeles County Fire Department Paramedics and was transported to a local hospital for a leg and other injuries.
    Deputies continued their investigation and several announcements were made into the wash area prior to deployment of the Sheriff's (K-9) dog. A third suspect, Jose Quevedo, MH/18, of Lancaster walked out of the wash and gave up to deputies a short time later. He was taken into custody without incident.
    No deputies were injured during the incident. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for injuries consisting of cuts and abrasions. The injuries appeared to be non-life threatening and his current condition is not available.
    Deputies searched the surrounding area and recovered the wrench they believed was used in the assault in a nearby alleyway.
    Suspects Baeza and Quevedo were booked at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station on felony charges of Attempted Robbery and Assault with a Deadly Weapon. They are each being held in lieu of $100,000 pending future court proceedings. Suspect Garcia remains hospitalized under the close watch of Santa Clarita Deputy Sheriffs. Once released, he will also be booked on felony charges of Attempted Robbery and Assault with a Deadly Weapon. His current condition is not available.
    Deputies credit the victim's quick actions of running to a nearby business and immediate phone call to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station with the successful conclusion of this operation and the immediate apprehension of three very dangerous individuals.
    Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to immediately contact the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station at (661) 255-1121. For anonymous tips please call the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff Stationís Crime Tip Line at 661-284-2TIP (2847) or report on-line at scvsheriff.com.
    The investigation is ongoing and there is no further information available at this time. -ref 09090

    If You See Something, Say Something! Report non-emergency crime anonymously by visiting the following link: Crime Tips or calling (661) 284-2-TIP / (661) 284-2847.
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