10:44 PM MST
Yuma police have arrested three suspects involved in two recent armed robberies.
According to the Yuma Police Department, detectives and officers arrested three violent known gang members involved in two recent armed robberies around 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Two juveniles, Abel Ruiz, 17, and Anthony Michael Sanchez, 16, were arrested for their involvement in two armed robberies, one which occurred on Saturday, January 19, 2013 in the 1700 block West Camino Kino and a second one which occurred on Sunday, January 27, 2013 in the parking lot of El Encanto Apartments.
The third suspect has been identified as Isaac J. Garcia, 17,. He was also arrested for his involvement in the armed robbery which occurred on Saturday, January 19, 2013 in the 1700 block West Camino Kino.
Ruiz and Sanchez were both charged with two counts of armed robbery, aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, theft and assisting a criminal street gang. They were both taken into custody in the 1000 block W. 10th Street.
Garcia was charged with armed robbery, aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, theft and assisting a criminal street gang. Garcia was taken into custody in the 700 block S. 10th Avenue.
Later during the day, three search warrants were executed at three separate residences in the 1000 block S. 9th Avenue, the 200 block S. 8th Avenue and the 3500 block W. 8th Street where the handgun believed to be used in the robberies, as well as a stolen assault weapon, a stolen rifle, a stolen ballistic vest, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia were recovered.
Ruiz, Garcia and Sanchez may also have been involved in several other violent crimes in the past two weeks. Those cases are still under investigation.
All three were initially booked into the Yuma County Juvenile Justice Center yesterday, however Wednesday, January 30, 2013 they were transferred to the Yuma County Adult Detention Center to face charges as adults.
The Yuma Police Department encourages anyone with any information about this case to please call Detective Valenzuela at (928) 373-4701 or 78-Crime to remain anonymous.