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2 more arrests in bike path robberies

Posted: July 7, 2014 8:48 p.m.
Updated: July 7, 2014 8:48 p.m.

Local sheriff’s deputies investigating recent robberies reported on bike paths in Canyon Country have arrested another man and another juvenile bringing the number of people arrested in the crackdown to six, said the detective heading the investigation.

Last week, deputies assigned to the station’s Burglary Team, Crime Prevention Unit and the Career Offenders, Burglary, Robbery Apprehension Team, or COBRA, arrested a juvenile following raids carried out in two locations, said Detective Mark Barretto, who heads the COBRA team.

At that point, one adult man and three youths had been arrested.

On Monday, Barretto revealed two others had been arrested late last week - a man and a youth, for a total of two men and four juveniles, Barretto told The Signal Monday afternoon.

“We arrested the adult male last week and charged him with attempted robbery,” he said.

“The whole gang was trying to make a name for themselves,” he said. “And, it was headed by a couple of adults.”

Barretto said he anticipates making at least one other arrest before the investigation is closed.

Deputies continue to probe at least two robberies and an attempted robbery that occurred in May. In one of the robberies, as many as eight men reportedly swarmed the victim.

Earlier this month, deputies arrested three people in connection with the bike path robberies, including a 15-year-old boy and a 21-year-old man.  Last week, they added one more youth to the list.

“We want people to know that they’re safe on the bike paths,” deputy Josh Dubin said earlier.

Deputies patrol the bike paths and paseos by bicycle and T3 electric stand-up patrol vehicles.

Pedro Palacios, 19, charged with attempted robbery last week, appeared in San Fernando Superior Court Monday.


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tech: Posted: July 8, 2014 7:52 p.m.

“We want people to know that they’re safe on the bike paths,” deputy Josh Dubin said earlier.

Santa Clarita citizens could supplement LE efforts and ensure their safety if L.A. County complied with Peruta v. County of San Diego and instituted a shall issue weapons permit process.

CGSVT: Posted: July 9, 2014 3:04 a.m.

It's nice that the cops are making arrests THREE MONTHS after the fact, but it just proves the old adage "when seconds count, the police are only minutes away". Or in this case, MONTHS behind. Could you imagine the terror of being surrounded by 8 gang-bangers intent on robbing you -- or worse -- on a deserted bike path? I used to walk my dog on the bike path between Lost Canyon and Sierra Hwy., but haven't felt safe doing that for years. I have no problems with the Sheriffs out here, I have always found them to be very responsive whenever I have had a need to call them. But they can't be everywhere at once. I'm with tech, either allow me to protect myself with my trusty CZ or assign me a deputy around the clock to protect me. (Preferably a hunky cop who has a thing for middle-aged women.)

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