On Tuesday, January 4th, two suspects allegedly robbed a man who had just used an ATM outside the Walgreens on Lyons Ave. in Newhall. According to reports, the incident began with the victim using the ATM and walking back to his car. On his way back, the two suspects approached him, one of whom had a handgun, and demanded the victim hand over the money. The victim complied and the suspects took off in a red Kia.
SCV Sheriff Station deputies caught up to the suspects on the 14 freeway not far from Sand Cyn. Road. Deputies tried to stop the vehicle, but the suspects sped off, resulting in a high-speed chase. Eventually, deputies were able to apprehend the suspects in Lancaster after using a spike strip to disable the vehicle. Initially, the passenger of the vehicle tried to run from the police, but he was caught a few minutes later. All told, the incident only lasted around 40 minutes.
Robbery is covered under California Penal Code 211 PC and is defined as the felonious taking of personal property from another, from their person or immediate presence, and against their will, by the use of force or fear. The crime is divided into two parts: first-degree robbery and second-degree robbery.
First-degree robbery is charged when the victim is the driver or passenger of a bus, taxi, streetcar, or other types of transportation for hire; the robbery takes place in an inhabited boat, trailer, or house; or the robbery takes place immediately after the victim uses an ATM. The penalties for first-degree robbery include felony probation, 3 to 6 years in California state prison, and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
Second-degree robbery is charged in any other robbery case that does not meet the requirements for first-degree robbery. The penalties include felony probation, 2 to 5 years in California state prison, and/or a fine of up to $10,000.