Crime

Armed robbery suspects — including 16-year-old girl — arrested at Atascadero motel

Atascadero police helped Monterey County sheriff’s deputies find four armed robbery suspects at a Motel 6 on Tuesday morning, resulting in the suspects’ arrests and the recovery of property allegedly stolen at gunpoint from a man in the Salinas Valley.

On Tuesday, Atascadero police identified a suspect vehicle at the motel in the 9400 block of El Camino Real, and officers from the two agencies responded and arrested three of the suspects — two men and a teenage girl — and later returned to the business when the fourth suspect arrived, said Atascadero Sgt. Jason Carr.

Members of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Team, including a negotiator, also responded but were not needed as the fourth suspect turned himself in without incident, said Monterey Sheriff’s Cmdr. John Thornburg.

No one was injured.

The three adults were taken into custody by Monterey County deputies and taken to the Monterey County Jail. The female was taken to the Monterey County Juvenile Hall.

Thornburg said the group was wanted for an armed robbery that occurred Monday night in the town of Chualar, about 10 miles southeast of Salinas.

According to investigators, a motorist on an empty road was flagged down by a female. When he stopped, the driver was confronted by a man with a revolver who demanded his cash and cell phone. The driver complied, and the pair fled with an undisclosed amount of cash and property.

Investigators were able to track the suspects to the motel, where they found the stolen goods, Thornburg said.

“The Atascadero Police Department helped us tremendously on this,” Thornburg said.

Cosme Ramos, 19, of Hanford was arrested on suspicion of armed robbery and possession of stolen property, as was the girl, a 16-year-old from Salinas. Identities of the other suspects were not immediately available Tuesday afternoon, but Thornburg said they remained in custody.

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