El Monte man and woman arrested following robbery, chase

EL MONTE — Police arrested wanted El Monte parolee and his girlfriend Wednesday after they allegedly stole cell phones from pedestrians along Peck Road, authorities said.
Carlos Gonzalez, 22, and Jessica Alexandra Ortiz, 20, also from El Monte, were arrested at the end of a short car chase that ended about 1 p.m. when the fleeing suspects drove into a cul-de-sac, according to El Monte police and Los Angeles County booking records.
Police began looking for the suspects about 11:30 a.m. when two pedestrians had their cell phones stolen from them in the area of Peck Road and Lambert Avenue, El Monte police Detective Ralph Batres said.
In one case, a teenage girl was approached by a man — later identified as Gonzalez — who put a gun to her head and demanded her cell phone, Batres said. The young woman turned over her cell phone and was not harmed in the crime.
In another incident nearby, a car pulled up alongside a man and a young woman inside — later identified as Ortiz — asked to borrow his cell phone, Batres said. The victim handed the woman his phone, and the car drove off.
Victims were able to provide information to police, including the fact that the black, newer-model car had Arizona license plates, the detective said. El Monte police notified neighboring law enforcement agencies to keep an eye out for the car.
Cpl. Gary Gall spotted a car matching the description shortly before 1 p.m. at Cogswell and Ferris roads, Batres said. He called for backup as he watched the car and dropped off two women, who were arrested on unrelated charges including drug possession and an outstanding warrant.
Officers then tried to stop the car on Peck Road near Bryant road.
“(Gonzalez) sped off southbound peck in northbound, driving against traffic,” Batres said. The fleeing sedan got back into southbound lanes just before running a red light at Ramona Boulevard at high speed.
But then the car took a turn down a dead and at Federal Drive, police said. Ortiz was arrested without further incident.
Gonzalez ran and hopped a fence into a nearby car dealership, where he was soon captured by officers. A BB gun was found in the suspects’ car.
Ortiz, who was booked on suspicion of petty theft, was released from jail Wednesday after posting $1,000 bail pending her initial court appearance,according to police and booking records.
Gonzalez, a wanted parolee who was already being sought in a separate battery case, was being held without bail pending his initial court appearance.

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