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Canyon Country robbery suspect was on parole

Posted: June 23, 2014 5:19 p.m.
Updated: June 23, 2014 5:19 p.m.

One of the three robbery suspects arrested in a series of Canyon Country bike path crimes had been previously sentenced to half a year in county jail and was out on parole, a spokesman said Monday.

Raymond Gatica, 21, who lives near Canyon Country Park, appeared Wednesday in San Fernando Superior Court for a parole revocation hearing and admitted breaking conditions of his parole, said Ricardo Santiago, spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

“He admitted being in violation of his post-release community supervision and received 180 days in county jail,” Santiago said Monday.

Most recently, Gatica was arrested June 12 at 2:30 p.m. for his alleged involvement in robberies that happened last month on bike paths in Canyon Country.

He remains in custody at Men’s Central Jail with bail set at $235,000, according to the Inmate Information Center maintained by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

He was the third suspect arrested in connection with the bike path robberies. Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station investigators have been assigned to the case from the Crime Prevention Unit and the Career Offenders, Burglary, Robbery Apprehension Team.

Details on the other arrested adult were not available.

Gatica was charged with robbery, attempted robbery and using a semi-automatic firearm during an assault, Santiago said.

The alleged offenses on the bike paths involved two separate victims on two separate days — May 25 and May 30, he said.

A 15-year-old boy, the third person arrested, was taken to Sylmar Juvenile Hall for his alleged involvement in the incidents, Deputy Josh Dubin said last week.

Gatica is scheduled to appear back in court July 29.

Meanwhile, investigators continue to probe at least two robberies and an attempted robbery that occurred last month on the bike paths. In one of the robberies, as many as eight men reportedly swarmed the victim.

“This is an active investigation,” Dubin said last week.
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