Two Santa Maria men have been arrested after an armed robbery in Nipomo, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.
About 10:30 p.m. Sunday, authorities received a call from a resident in the 1800 block of Louise Lane, reporting that they had been robbed at knifepoint outside a home, according to a news release.
The resident said the robber fled the scene, and they gave a description of the suspect and the vehicle, police said.
Less than 10 minutes after the call, police say they spotted a vehicle that matched the description in the area of Riverside Road and Division Street. The occupants tried to flee, but their vehicle got stuck in a field, police said — then they tried to escape on foot.
One of the men was immediately arrested, while the other was arrested "a short time later," thanks to help from a sheriff canine and California Highway Patrol's helicopter, the Sheriff's Office said.
The suspects, 20-year-old Wilson Ricardo Cortez and 18-year-old Sergio Arturo Flores, were taken to San Luis Obispo County Jail on suspicion of robbery and obstructing or resisting a police officer, according to jail records. Each is being held in lieu of $60,000 bail.
No one was injured during the robbery, and officials were able to recover the stolen property, the Sheriff's Office said.