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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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patstraw: Posted: June 23, 2014 11:30 p.m.

Put this dirtbag away. I knew I had seen his name before--I searched the Signal and here's what I found:

Occupation: NONE
Arrest date: 10/03/2013 1740

Occupation: NONE
Arrest date: 08/12/2012 1510

Occupation: NEVER WORKED
Arrest date: 08/02/2012 1055
Charge description: ROBBERY

Isn't that at least three strikes?

tpaul: Posted: June 24, 2014 11:31 a.m.

This would be 4 , I concur

EgbertSouse4U: Posted: June 24, 2014 12:50 p.m.

This is from the Signal's crime report listing from June 20th. WHY WAS THIS NOT REPORTED IN THE MAIN NEWS SECTION? Are we sweeping more bad news under the rug in the SCV for a change??

Home town: VALENCIA
Occupation: DISHWASHER
Arrest date: 06/19/2014 1235
Charge description: RAPE BY FORCE/FEAR

tpaul: Posted: June 24, 2014 3:41 p.m.

Yeah, I saw that also

tpaul: Posted: June 24, 2014 3:43 p.m.

Look what else we can do:

Home town: SAUGUS
Occupation: DISHWASHER
Arrest date: 05/20/2014 1729
Charge description: DUI ALCOHOL/DRUG W/PRIORS

Unreal: Posted: June 25, 2014 12:11 p.m.

They need some jail time. They also need to be in a halfway house to help get them jobs and back into society and contributing.

I don't think that we as a society throw away kids 21 or 15 with 3 strikes for petty theft. He has not admitted he did the robbery or been found guilty of it yet so cool it a little bit.

One way to help society is for employers to give jobs to those on probation so they are busy working and earning their own way instead of hanging around with nothing to do but steal or do drugs and drain society with welfare programs.

I hope none of you above lives in glass houses.

chefgirl358: Posted: June 25, 2014 6:07 p.m.

Thanks a lot for AB109 (realignment) Jerry Brown! Our stupid governer is responsible for a lot of truly terrifying people being out on our streets serving 10% of their time, with absolutely zero follow up supervision.

Unreal, people who are committing RAPE and ARMED robberies repeatedly and are repeat criminals...need to go away. They don't need to be in our society and if I was a business owner there is no way in hell I would hire any of these scumbags. They sure as sh** shouldn't be in a halfway house. They need to be removed from society altogether.

Glass houses? Seriously? I did stupid things in my youth...I can assure you NONE of those things were felonies, nor would they ever have purposely harmed another individual, like say, I don't know, pointing a gun at them, robbing them and beating them.

Your statement here is pretty naive. Where do you get petty theft from anyway? These guys were arrested for ARMED ROBBERY with and by an active PAROLEE. They all need to go away, including the 15 year old. And YES, I would absolutely "throw away" the 21 year old with 3 strikes who is on parole. Do you even have the slightest idea how difficult it is to get an actual criminal conviction and be sentenced to state prison in LA County these days? You have to be a really really bad criminal in order to be sent away multiple times, especially considering everything gets plea bargained down so whatever he was actually convicted of...he was arrested for charges that were far more serious.

Unreal: Posted: June 26, 2014 4:40 p.m.

chefgirl358: The guy who was arrested for Rape was not part of this story.
I have no issue with 3 strikes being used in this instance.

The previous charge of robbery (not armed robbery) and a misdemeanor of receiving stolen goods are not exactly 3 strikes material.

I won't prejudge anyone until they have had their day in court. He has not been found guilty of armed robbery. When and if he is he needs to go to jail. But not for the rest of his life. Even the law does not call for that.

I still think requiring them to live supervised in a halfway house while working for a year would help people to enter society again in a way that would not be a drain for the rest of us.

chefgirl358: Posted: June 26, 2014 6:56 p.m.

Unreal,'ve got to consider that you don't know what he was initially arrested for in the other cases. Whatever he was convicted of in a plea bargain is usually pretty far from what the actual crimes committed were.

The thing is...he has now graduated to armed robbery. He is taking steps to become worse, not better. I believe the punishment needs to meet or exceed the level of the offense, and so he needs to be in prison, and also to protect the public from him. There's all sorts of programs in jails and prisons now, he can seek out help there if he chooses to. I don't believe armed robbers (or anyone convicted of any type of violent crime) should be allowed to live in a halfway house during their time...they need to go to prison as a hard lesson. To be as young as 21 and already a 3rd striker, and yet while on active parole, continuing to escalate his crimes in terms of violence and intensity, tells me he's already a lifer. He'll be a life long prisoner, whether he's sentenced to life this time, or the next time he commits crimes, or maybe the next time after that. I'll bet he's a lost cause, an irredeemable loser, and I only hope he doesn't actually physically harm anyone before he finally gets locked up for good.

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