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2 youths in camps following Canyon Country bike path robberies

Posted: September 3, 2014 6:03 p.m.
Updated: September 3, 2014 6:03 p.m.

Two of the five juveniles arrested in a summertime robbery ring on the Canyon Country bike paths have been placed in juvenile camps, a District Attorney’s Office spokesman said Wednesday.

Deputies arrested the last of seven suspects in the ring last weekend and said Tuesday they believe they’ve captured all participants in the group that held up people, sometimes at gunpoint, and stole belongings starting in May.

Of the five juveniles arrested, a 14-year-old boy was charged and admitted one count of second-degree robbery, said District Attorney spokesman Greg Risling. As part of his disposition, or sentencing, he was put in a detention camp for juveniles.

A second teen, a 15-year-old boy, had has case dismissed after he admitted to one count of second-degree burglary on another pending case, Risling said. He was also placed in a detention camp.

The cases of two other youths arrested are pending, one because the District Attorney’s Office is still considering the matter, and the other because it hasn’t received the case yet, Risling said. The case not yet sent to prosecutors is that of the minor arrested Labor Day weekend.

A fifth teen was released from custody after prosecutors decided not to proceed with the case, Risling said.

The two adults charged in the case — Pedro Palacios, 19, and Raymond Gatica, 22 — face charges of attempted robbery and are slated to appear in court Sept. 24.

The crackdown on the robbery ring began May 25, when two robberies were reported around midnight in the area of Sierra Highway and Via Princessa.

“The whole gang was trying to make a name for themselves,” Detective Mark Barretto said, “and it was headed by a couple of adults.”

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