Man and teen suspected of robbing two men in Whittier

WHITTIER — Police arrested a man and teen Saturday after they allegedly robbed two people within a matter of minutes, police said.
Matthew Ortega, 22, of Whittier and a teenage boy were booked on suspicion of armed robbery, Whittier police Lt. Steve Dean said.
The incident began just after 6 p.m. on the Greenway Trail, just east of Painter Avenue, the lieutenant said.
Ortega and the teen allegedly doused a man with pepper spray and stole his backpack, Dean said.
Minutes later, he said, the man and teen are suspected of brandishing a knife at another man and robbed him of money on Painter Avenue, just south of the Greenway Trail.
With the help of a police helicopter, officers arrested both suspects in the area, Dean said.

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