2 suspects arrested in armed robberies
A man and a teen boy were arrested early Thursday morning after allegedly following a woman from her workplace with the intention of robbing her. The Yuma Police Department believes the two may be responsible for a string of recent armed robberies.
The man has been identified as 42-year-old Dennis Aguerro. The 16-year-old boy's name has not been released to the public because he is a minor.
According to YPD, shortly before midnight Wednesday, a woman employed by a Mexican seafood restaurant at 1314 South 4th Avenue closed the business and began driving home.
She reportedly became aware that she was being tailed by a white Dodge Charger, and called 911 at about 11:47 p.m.
Officers began searching for the vehicle, which was located driving in the 3100 block of 4th Avenue.
After the driver of the Charger pulled over in compliance with a police traffic stop, officers spoke with Aguerro and the teen boy, and reportedly gained verbal consent to search the vehicle.
During their search, officers allegedly found a shotgun, a black ski mask and rubber gloves inside the vehicle.
Aguerro and the teen were then arrested and taken to police headquarters for questioning by detectives.
During their interviews, Aguerro and the teen were questioned about five unsolved armed robberies spanning from April 23 to May 28, 2013.
Aguerro was later booked into the Yuma County Adult Detention Center where he faces possible charges including four counts of armed robbery, one count of attempted armed robbery and one count of conspiracy to commit armed robbery.
The teen boy was booked into the Yuma County Juvenile Justice Center where he faces possible charges including four counts of armed robbery, six counts of aggravated assault, one count of attempted armed robbery and one count of conspiracy to commit armed robbery.
The first robbery the two are suspected of being responsible for happened at about 9:30 p.m. April 23 at Tacos Mi Rancho, 188 South 4th Avenue. At that time, a male armed with a small handgun attempted to enter the restaurant through a side door, but was frightened off by an employee. The person was last seen running on foot westbound on 2nd Street from the business. He did not enter the business, and no money was taken.
At about 9:55 p.m. the same night, a male armed with a shotgun and wearing a black ski mask and a black long-sleeved sweatshirt entered CMS Market at 2090 West 8th Street and demanded money and a bottle of alcohol from the clerks. After being given money, the robber fled the scene on foot.
Witnesses on site said the robber was accompanied by a second person who remained outside the store during the robbery.
Then at about 10:33 p.m., a male armed with a shotgun and wearing a black ski mask and a black long-sleeved sweatshirt entered R.C. Liquor at 101 East 24th Street, and demanded money and a bottle of alcohol from the clerks. After being given money, the robber fled the scene on foot.
Detectives also believe Aguerro and the teen boy are connected with two other armed robberies – one on May 7th at 4th Avenue Liquor, 1111 South 4th Avenue, and the second on May 28 at Eighth Street Drive-In Liquor, 1100 W 8th Street.
YPD encourages anyone with information about these incidents to call Detective J.R. Skaggs at 373-4702, the main line at 373-4700 or 78-Crime to remain anonymous.
Anyone who gives an anonymous tip via 78-CRIME that leads to an arrest in this case is eligible to receive a cash reward up to $1,000.