Police identify suspects arrested after allegedly pepper-spraying and robbing a man in Arroyo Grande

Jasmine Celesting Edwards, 22, of Bakersfield, was arrested Wednesday, March 27, 2013 on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery and burglary. Original story »
Jasmine Celesting Edwards, 22, of Bakersfield, was arrested Wednesday, March 27, 2013 on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery and burglary. Original story »

UPDATE: The Arroyo Grande Police Department has released the names of three suspects arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with robbery and burglary.

They are Devon Deandre Wright, 19, Jasmine Celesting Edwards, 22 and Krashila Myrie Homes, 18. All are from Bakersfield. A juvenile was also arrested.

The crime was initially reported as an alleged pepper-spraying and robbery of $120.

On Thursday, police revealed that the robbery occurred after a man solicited an escort service through the Internet. The four suspects arrived at the man’s home and were paid $120 for services, Arroyo Grande police said in a news release.

One of the suspects pepper sprayed the man, and all four fled in a yellow SUV. The man was then seen about 1 p.m. on the 1000 block of Sunset Drive yelling, “Call 911!”

After getting a description of the vehicle from the man, an Arroyo Grande police unit found the suspects traveling north on Highway 101 at Oak Park Boulevard. The officer tailed the vehicle until backup arrived, and the car was stopped near the South Higuera Street off-ramp of the freeway.

A search of the vehicle revealed pepper spray and the money from the man. All the suspects were charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and burglary.

Arroyo Grande police have not decided whether they will charge the man with soliciting prostitution.

They will look into that once the other parts of the investigation are complete, Sgt. Shawn Cosgrove said. “That’s certainly a possibility,” he said.

UPDATE 5:11 p.m.: Arroyo Grande police have arrested two women, a man and a juvenile girl on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery and burglary.

Their names and ages were not immediately available.

A man who they allegedly pepper-sprayed was robbed of $120, according to a news release from police. The man, also unidentified, was treated on the scene for his exposure to the pepper spray.

County sheriff's deputies also assisted Arroyo Grande police in pulling over the suspects' vehicle, along with CHP and Pismo police.

Original story:

Several people have been detained Wednesday following a report of an alleged robbery in Arroyo Grande.

Arroyo Grande police received a call about 1 p.m. of a man standing in the street and yelling for help in the 1000 block of Sunset Drive. The man told officers that he had been pepper-sprayed and robbed of cash, according to police Cmdr. Beau Pryor.

He gave officers a description of a vehicle, a yellow SUV, occupied by numerous men and women. Officers located a vehicle matching that description on Highway 101 north of Oak Park Boulevard and began to follow it, requesting additional units, Pryor said.

Once additional officers from Pismo Beach police and CHP arrived, they stopped the vehicle south of the South Higuera Street off-ramp about 1:22 p.m., Pryor said.

He said the incident didn’t involve a high-speed pursuit (they only reached speeds of about 58 miles per hour) but officers wanted to wait for additional patrol vehicles to arrive before they stopped the SUV.

Several people were either arrested or detained for questioning but Pryor did not know how many arrests have been made.

Fire and medical personnel were requested to come to the scene of the alleged robbery, but it was unknown whether the man was taken to a local hospital.