Two transients accused of committing a string of holdups in Jurupa Valley and neighboring locations were charged Friday with multiple counts of robbery.

Sunday Lynn Nadal, 51, and Francisco Alejandro Siles, 20, were arrested Wednesday following a two-week Riverside County sheriff’s investigation into the robbery spree.

Nadal, a convicted felon, is charged with three counts of robbery. She’s being held in lieu of $90,000 bail at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.

Siles is charged with six counts of robbery and is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside.

Both are slated to make a joint initial court appearance Friday afternoon at the Riverside Hall of Justice.

According to sheriff’s Sgt. Ernie Esquibel, the robbery series began on April 13 in Jurupa Valley, involving restaurants, gas stations and convenience stores.

Esquibel alleged that while Nadal waited in a getaway vehicle, Siles would go into the businesses, usually carrying a camouflage backpack.

“The suspect would place a shotgun shell on the counter, in front of the victims, threaten the victims and demand money,” the sergeant said. “Other times, the suspect would brandish what appeared to be a semiautomatic pistol.”

The defendants allegedly targeted outlets in Fontana and Riverside, as well.

Esquibel said detectives eventually identified Nadal as the alleged driver of the silver G35 Infiniti used during the holdups, leading to her and Siles’ uneventful arrest in Jurupa Valley.

According to court records, Nadal has a prior conviction for grand theft, while Siles has no documented prior felony convictions.

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