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Armed robber takes plea deal

Man who held up liquor store faces prison, deportation

Posted: November 12, 2009 6:31 p.m.
Updated: November 12, 2009 6:31 p.m.
 

A Newhall man who robbed a Santa Clarita liquor store in January is expected to serve 12 years in prison and be deportated after he accepted a plea deal from prosecutors Thursday.

Oscar Omar Labra, 24, took the deal at the Santa Clarita courthouse, and is set to be deported to Mexico after he completes his sentence, according to a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station report.

The Newhall resident's arrest on Sept. 14 concluded an eight-month investigation. Labra robbed a Santa Clarita liquor store on Jan. 29, pointing a gun at two store clerks, the report said.

Labra walked into the store heavily disguised, pulled a long rifle from inside the leg area of his pants and pointed it a female clerk, the report said.

After the robber left the store with cash, a male clerk reportedly ran out and hit Labra in the head with a bottle. The robber then turned the rifle on the employee but had trouble handling the weapon, giving the clerk time to run away, the report said.

The robber fled with the cash.

Detectives recovered a fully-loaded .22-caliber rifle with a cut-down stock days after the incident when they served a search warrant in the 23700 block of Valle del Oro, the report said.

Officials linked the gun to several other robberies and guns, and conducted a second warrant search in February, but they were not able to identify the robber, the report said.

Deputies arrested Labra after the male store clerk from the robbery spotted Labra, whose appearance matched the robber's, on Sept. 14 at a bus stop near the intersection of Sierra Highway and Canyon Park Boulevard, the report said.

Deputies arrested Labra on multiple counts of felony armed robbery with gun enhancement and assault with a deadly weapon, the report said.

The female clerk also later identified Labra as the robber, and both clerks recognized him as a regular customer who frequented the store before the robbery, according to the report.

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