Charges are expected Monday against two teens who were arrested in an alleged connection to two Coachella robberies and a stolen vehicle.
Jason Anthony Orosco, 18, of Riverside, Fabian Heredia Mondragon, 18, of Indio were arrested Thursday morning along with a 14-year-old juvenile after a pair of robberies in Coachella, Sgt. Edward Soto of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department told City News Service.
Soto said that around 6:30 a.m. Thursday, deputies from the Thermal sheriff’s station responded to a location near Avenue 52 and Calle Camacho in Coachella to a report of an armed robbery in which the driver of a burgundy-colored sedan allegedly stole property from a victim after driving up to him and pointing a firearm. The driver then drove away from the location.
Approximately one hour later, a second robbery was reported near Frederick Street and 50th Avenue, Soto said.
Shortly after 7:50 a.m., officers from the Indio Police Department responded to a report of a traffic collision near Avenue 48 and Arabia Street, Ben Guitron of the Indio Police Department told CNS.
The vehicle hit a red Honda Civic, and the three occupants allegedly ran away from the scene, prompting a search by officers from the Indio Police Department, Guitron said. The driver from the other vehicle sustained minor injuries.
The suspect vehicle was allegedly stolen from outside of the Coachella Valley and connected to the active robbery investigation by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Guitron said.
As a precautionary measure, Dr. Reynaldo J. Carreon Junior Academy, located about a mile away from the crashed vehicle, was placed on lockdown, he said. The suspects were arrested within 45 minutes and the lockout concluded.
Soto alleged that the victims’ property was found in the suspects possession. Orosco and Heredia were being held at the John J. Benoit Detention Center in Indio on $60,000 bail.