Lunch break leads to arrest of Pico Rivera robbery suspects

PICO RIVERA — A pair of robbery suspects were foiled by their appetites earlier this week after they stopped for lunch at a local restaurant just after their alleged heist and used the victim’s credit card to pay, officials said.
Raymond Arthur Ortega, 29, of Los Angeles and Vernonica Ruiz, 46, of Long Beach, were arrested Tuesday in connection with Tuesday reported robbery, which took place just before noon at at the Knights Inn, 6540 Rosemead Boulevard, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials and county booking records. Both were scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Downey Superior Court.
The victim, a man in his early 30s, was staying at the motel and had given a cigarette to Ortega, who was also believed to be staying at the motel, the night before, sheriff’s Lt. Robert Smith said. The following morning, he asked to use Ortega’s phone and the couple invited them into their room.
While inside, Ortega demanded the victim’s room key, Smith said, telling the victim, “You give me your key or I’ll get it the hard way.” Ortega then allegedly snatched the man’s room key, as well as a prepaid credit card.
The victim ultimately managed to get out of the suspects’ motel room and run down to the lobby to seek help, the lieutenant said. Meanwhile, he said, Ortega then burglarized the victim’s motel room, stealing about $20 in cash, documents and a laptop computer bag.
Handling detectives quickly determined the stolen credit card had been used at a restaurant nearby in the 6700 block of Rosemead Boulevard, Smith said. Ruiz was spotted at a table on the restaurant’s patio and arrested.
Deputies found Ortega inside a nearby bakery and also took him into custody, Smith said.
Ortega was booked on suspicion of robbery and burglary, while Ruiz was suspected of robbery, fale imprisonment and violating her probation from a previous case, officials said.
According to county booking records, Ortega was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail, while Ruiz was being held without bail.

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