Teenagers arrested on suspicion of robbery, assault with a deadly weapon

February 05, 2016
Santa Paula News

Two Santa Paula teenagers — one that had been released from jail just the day before — were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of robbery and assault with a deadly weapon related to an incident that occurred Monday.

According to Santa Paula Police Sgt. Cody Madison, the February 1 incident occurred shortly before 6:43 p.m. when officers responded to the 400 block of Ojai Road for a report of robbery.

When the officers arrived on scene the unidentified male victim, “informed them he had just been beaten and robbed,” and, said Cody, he described the two suspects that were later determined to be Adrian Lopez and Mark Anaya, who drove up in a white truck.

Both Lopez, 18, and Anaya, 19, residents of Santa Paula, exited the vehicle, approached the victim, and “Started hitting him repeatedly,” even after the victim fell to the ground.

And once down said Madison, the suspects continued to hit the victim and started to kick him in the head. 

While being beaten on the ground the victim dropped some personal items, which were snatched up by the suspects who then returned to the white pickup and fled the scene.

A SPPD investigation determined the identity of the suspects and both were taken into custody Tuesday, February 2, during separate arrests.

“It should be noted,” said Madison, “Adrian Lopez had just been released from county jail for serving a suspended sentence,” on a robbery charge on January 31, the day prior to the incident.

Both suspects were processed at Santa Paula Jail before they were transported to Ventura County Jail where they were booked on suspicion of robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.

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