Derek Lee Somers, Michael Martin Obrien
AMADOR COUNTY, Calif. - Two men headed out for a seemingly innocent trip to a casino were ambushed and robbed by two of their supposed friends, one of whom was scheduled to go gambling with them, says the Amador County Sheriff's Department.
The two victims told sheriff's deputies they had planned to meet up with their friend, Derek Lee Somers, in Ione before going to the Jackson Rancheria Casino to gamble on March 4. However, when they met up with Somers, he asked them to follow him to a home in the area of Jackson Valley Road.
When the group arrived at the home, the victims were confronted by a masked gunman who demanded they give over their cellphones and $14,000 in cash. They were then forced off the property at gunpoint, according to the deputies' report.
The victims immediately drove to the Ione Police Department and reported the crime. They told officers they recognized the masked man as another friend, Michael Martin Obrien, by his size, shape, voice and other characteristics.
Ione police contacted the sheriff's department, which launched an investigation into the allegations. Upon information gathered, positive photo line-up identifications and confirmation of other evidence, deputies began a search for Obrien, Somers, the gun used, and the stolen property.
Somers, 24, was found and arrested at a family home in Pine Grove March 6. He was booked into the Amador County Jail.
Obrien, 24, contacted Amador County deputies the next day, informing them he wanted to make a statement. He arrived at the sheriff's office later that day, met with detectives and was arrested and booked into Amador County Jail.