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Man, woman charged with attempted murder, SCV robberies

Posted: January 27, 2014 6:07 p.m.
Updated: January 27, 2014 6:07 p.m.

A man and a woman charged with attempted murder in connection with a knife attack during a robbery two weeks ago have been charged with six other robberies that occurred last month, according to a copy of a criminal complaint filed Monday by prosecutors with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office

Hector Cordova, 28, and Lorena Sanchez, 32, both of Canyon Country, are each charged with attempted murder and seven counts of robbery, a copy of the complaint obtained by The Signal shows.

Deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station arrested the pair Jan. 16 on suspicion of attempted murder in relation to the knife attack on a man Jan. 15.

Prosecutors allege that the couple “used a deadly and dangerous weapon, to wit a knife” during the robbery and that they inflicted “great bodily injury” on the victim during the attack.

According to prosecutors, the pair are responsible for seven strong arm robberies including the Dec. 26 attack on a disabled man in Newhall.

Cordova and Sanchez allegedly robbed two people on Dec. 7 and two other people on Dec. 9.  They also are alleged to have robbed a woman in Newhall Dec. 11 and a disabled man in Newhall on Dec. 26.

Cordova remains in custody at the North County Correctional Facility at Pitchess Detention Center, with bail set at $1.4 million bail.

Sanchez is being held at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood with bail set at $1,335,000.

Both are scheduled to appear in San Fernando Superior Court Feb. 25.

Since early last month, local sheriff’s detectives have been investigating a rash of “strong arm” robberies, many of which involved a victim being knocked to the ground and property stolen.

While prosecutors did not specify where the Dec. 11 robbery occurred, local sheriff’s deputies reported only one robbery involving a man and a woman in Newhall on that date.

In that incident, a 35-year-old woman in Newhall was pushed to the ground by a purse-snatcher who then ran with her purse to a waiting dark-colored sedan driven by a woman, a local sheriff’s spokesman said at the time.

Shortly after 8:30 a.m., deputies responded to reports of a robbery that occurred near the intersection on Arcadia Street near Lyons Avenue, Sgt. Ron Price confirmed at the time.

Deputies alerted to the incident were told the woman was walking on Arcadia when a tall Hispanic man pushed her to the ground from behind, grabbed her purse and was last seen getting into a 4-door grey sedan.

In their criminal complaint filed against Cordova and Sanchez, prosecutors name the victim in a vicious robbery that occurred Dec. 26.

On that date, the same man identified in a report filed by the sheriff’s deputy who responded to the incident, was knocked to the ground with a head butt from his attacker who then punched the victim as he lay on the sidewalk.

As the victim was yelling “stop” to his attacker, the robber reached into his pocket and stole his wallet containing $1,140, the report said. The robber then ran to a nearby car driven by a second suspect.

The incident came on the heels of half a dozen “strong arm” robberies before the holidays, most involving purse thefts, most of them in Newhall and most of them involving two suspects.

Immediately after the Dec. 26 robbery, deputies began looking for two people in connection with the attack on the disabled man. The getaway car was described as a grey Toyota Corolla with tinted rear windows last seen northbound on Walnut.

“The victim grabbed the suspect’s hand to stop him from taking his wallet. The suspect then punched the victim approximately two times on the left side of this face when he was on the ground,” the responding deputy wrote in his sheriff’s report. “The suspect ran to and entered the passenger side of the vehicle a (second) suspect was driving.”

Deputies took photographs of the victim’s injuries, which included: swelling to the left side of his face, a red mark on the bridge of his nose, and dried blood around his mouth.


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