Four jailed on suspicion of Pasadena robberies

PASADENA — Police arrested three men and a teenage boy on suspicion of two separate robberies Friday, authorities said.
The arrests stem from robberies that occurred Friday afternoon as well as Monday, Pasadena police Lt. Tracey Ibarra said.
Jailed were Michael Vasquez, 19, of Pasadena, Carlos Mercado, 18, of Pasadena, Rudolph Vasquez, 23, of Corona and a 17-year-old Pasadena boy, Ibarra said.
A 15-year-old Pasadena boy was walking on Raymond Avenue at Claremont Street about 4:45 p.m. Friday when he was approached by a robber who brandished a handgun and demanded his money and iPod, the lieutenant said.
The robber fled with the boy’s property and the boy began walking home to call police.
As he was walking, however, the boy came across Pasadena police officers who already had the suspect detained in the 1000 block of North Raymond Avenue along with three others, Ibarra said. He told them that Michael Vasquez had just robbed him.
Police were in the area investigating another robbery that occurred on June 8, she said.
Michael Vasquez was arrested on susicion of Saturday’s robbery, Ibarra said, while the other three suspects were jailed in connection with the June 8 crime.
A realistic-looking BB gun was taken from the suspects, she said.
Detectives are continuing to work to see if they can connect the suspects to additional robberies, she added.
According to court records, the adult suspects are being held in lieu of $50,000 bail each. An initial court date for the suspects was not available.

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