Three armed suspects who allegedly robbed three stores were arrested after a short pursuit from Rancho Cucamonga into Fontana on July 14, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.
The Fontana Police Department assisted in the pursuit of the suspects, and one of the suspects was arrested in front of the Fontana Police Station.
The suspects were identified as Luis Cotne, a 21-year-old Riverside resident; Kyle Ruano, a 20-year-old Riverside resident; and Arielle Ramos, an 18-year-old Rancho Cucamonga resident.
At about 6:42 a.m., deputies from the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department responded to the Shell Gas Station in the 11000 block of Foothill Boulevard for an armed robbery call.
Ramos drove a gray Hyundai Santa Fe and remained inside the vehicle, while Ruano, who was armed with a silver revolver, and Cotne, who was armed with a machete, entered the gas station retail area, allegedly approached the Shell employee by going behind the counter and demanded money from the register.
The suspects took about $133 from the employee and the register, the Sheriff's Department said. All three suspects fled the scene in the gray Hyundai.
During an area check, Deputy Yesmin Garcia located the suspect vehicle at a Chevron station east of the Interstate 15 Freeway. It appeared that the suspects were going to commit another robbery, the Sheriff's Department said.
Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle, but the Hyundai failed to stop, and a pursuit ensued. Deputies followed the Hyundai to Foothill Boulevard and Sierra Avenue in Fontana. The vehicle malfunctioned, and Ramos pulled over. Ramos was apprehended at the vehicle without incident.
Ruano and Cotne got out of the Hyundai and fled on foot, heading south on Sierra.
With the help of Fontana P.D. officers, Cotne was apprehended about 150 yards south of Foothill on Sierra. Ruano was apprehended in front of the Fontana Police Station.
The suspects were arrested and booked into West Valley Detention Center on charges of armed robbery, evading a peace officer, and conspiracy. They are being held on $200,000 bail.
Through investigation, it was determined the suspects had allegedly robbed two separate 7-Eleven stores in Upland prior to committing the robbery in Rancho Cucamonga. About $630 in U.S. currency and a Ruger 38 caliber revolver were located inside the suspect’s vehicle, and the machete was located outside of the vehicle.
The vehicle driven by the suspects was later reported stolen to the Riverside Police Department.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Rancho Cucamonga P.D. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or leave information at www.wetip.com.