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5 busted in violent Placer County armed robbery spree

12:15 PM, Sep 6, 2012   |    comments
Jamaul Lee Baker, Justina Irene Baker
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AUBURN, CA - Two adults and three teenagers were arrested Wednesday night after allegedly sticking up two foothills businesses at gunpoint within an hour.

Placer County sheriff's spokeswoman Dena Erwin said the sheriff's department was first alerted at 10:40 p.m. when dispatchers received a call from a desk clerk at the Comfort Inn on Auburn Ravine Road in Auburn that she had just been robbed. She described the robbers as five men wearing masks and gloves and brandishing guns. She said one of the robbers had stomped on the hotel phone, smashing it.

At 11:09 p.m. dispatchers answered a 911 call from a store clerk at Colfax Food and Gas on S. Auburn Street that he had been robbed. He reported five people had come into the stores, pointing handguns at him, Erwin said.

After being ordered to open the cash register and then get on the ground, the clerk said the robbers then threw the register drawer at his head, causing injury.

Witness descriptions of the robbers' vehicle and security camera video information was relayed to area law enforcement agencies. Erwin said about 11:30 p.m., an Auburn police officer spotted a vehicle matching the robbers' vehicle drive up to the Holiday Inn in town. The car pulled out onto Interstate 80 with the officer following and other law enforcement officers joining the pursuit. The car was pulled over at the Rocklin Road exit.

Erwin said cash, guns and masks were recovered from the car.

Arrested and booked into custody at Placer County Jail on suspicion of armed robbery, conspiracy and child endangerment were Jamaul Lee Baker, 26, and Justina Irene Baker, 22. The teens, one 15 years old and the other two 14, were arrested and booked in Placer County Juvenile Hall of suspicion of armed robbery and conspiracy.

The suspects are all from Sacramento.


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