SoCal detectives allege another robbery by group under arrest in Placer

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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AUBURN CA - A gunpoint robbery in Southern California is being tied by investigators to a group of five people now in Placer County custody on similar allegations surrounding robberies in Colfax and Auburn. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department investigators in the Santa Clarita Valley discovered the Sept. 5 arrests in Placer County on the Web and subsequently visited the county jail and juvenile detention center in North Auburn to interview the two adult suspects and three juveniles. Sgt. Darren Harris of the Santa Clarita station said that authorities in Los Angeles are now poised to file charges against the five in connection with a Sept. 3 hotel robbery in Stevenson Ranch. On that date, the Comfort Suites hotel was robbed, he said. Suspects were wearing masks when they entered and held the clerk at gunpoint, demanding money. On Sept. 26, Santa Clarita Valley detectives interviewed the suspects and juveniles at Placer County. During the interview, the suspects admitted to the robbery in Stevenson Ranch, according to a statement issued by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. “Evidence was also obtained that placed the suspects at the crime scene where the robbery occurred,” Harris said. The five were arrested after two night-time robberies at the Comfort Inn in Auburn and Colfax Food and Gas. Taken into custody were Jamaul Lee Baker, 26, and Justina Irene Baker, 22, both of Sacramento, and three juveniles – two aged 14 and a 15-year-old. The Comfort Inn clerk said the robbery was at gunpoint and committed by people in masks and gloves. A suspect vehicle was spotted by Auburn Police at the Holiday Inn in Auburn and pulled over after it entered Interstate 80. Money, handguns and masks were recovered from the vehicle The Bakers were being held on no-bail holds in Placer County Jail on Wednesday.