Pico Rivera robbery suspects lead deputies to marijuana grow in Whittier

Three robbery suspects barricaded themselves inside a Whittier home Saturday, authorities said, leading deputies to a small marijuana grow and additional arrests.
The three suspected robbers were arrested, along with five other adults who were at the home, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Aura Sierra said in a written statement.
A 6-year-old boy was inside the home during the incident, Sierra said.
“The child was removed from the home unharmed and placed in protective custody with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services,” according to the written statement.
Phillip Patron, 22, of Whittier, Raymond Sanchez, 27, of Whittier and Angela Delgado, 25, of Pasadena were booked on suspicion of robbery, sheriff’s Lt. Margarito Robles said.
Five others at the home — two men and three women — were arrested on suspicion of various charges, however sheriff’s officials refused Saturday to release their names or say what those charges were.
The incident began about 12:45 a.m. when a man was robbed of his wallet at gunpoint by two men near Amistad and Harold streets in Pico Rivera, sheriff’s Sgt. Joe Van Damme said.
Patron and Sanchez are believed to have carried out the robbery, officials said, while Delgado is accused of acting as a getaway driver.
The arrests were made at a home in the 12500 block of Pasadena Street in Whittier as the result of some good information from a witness, Sierra said.
“Witnesses of the armed robbery provided deputies with a license plate number of the suspect vehicle,” Sierra said in the statement. “Pico Rivera station deputies responded to the registered owner’s address in the City of Whittier.”
Several adults obeyed the orders of deputies to come out of the house, Van Damme said, and one of them told authorities her sleeping 6-year-old child was still inside.
Deputies sent in a police dog, which found the remaining suspects and bit one of them, Van Damme said.
The suspect who was bitten was hospitalized for treatment of his injury, he added.
The remaining suspects and the child were then removed from the house, Van Damme said. The child’s mother was among those arrested at the home.
While inside the house, deputies discovered a small marijuana growing operation of about three plants, he said.
According to court records, the three robbery suspects are due for arraignment in Whittier Superior Court Tuesday.

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  • John Galt

    Boy, weed sure makes you stupid!. Glad the K-9 didn’t get bit.

  • JO MAMA

    WTF “a small marijuana growing operation”?????? LoL

  • Sam Carter

    JO MAMA This guy was held up at GUN POINT!!!! Thank u God they were not SERIOUSLY hurt or WORSE!!!!
    I would like to see u in that situation, would we have to WIPE UR SEAT!!!!
    NOT EVERYTHING IS WRITTEN HELLO!!! Here’s ur sign!!!!