PLACER COUNTY (CBS13) – Five people including three teenagers have been arrested in connection with two armed robberies in Auburn late Thursday night. And officials are looking into whether the suspects are responsible for several other recent robberies in Northern California.
The crime spree started around 10:40 pm when the Placer County Sheriff’s department got a call from a clerk at the Comfort Inn on Auburn Ravine Road saying she had just been robbed at gunpoint by four men wearing masks and gloves.
About a half-hour later, deputies got another call from a clerk at the Colfax Food and Gas on South Auburn Street saying he had also just been robbed at gunpoint. The clerk told deputies he was forced at gunpoint to open the cash register and then get down on the floor. The suspects took the money and then threw the cash register drawer at the victim’s head.
Deputies checked out surveillance video from both locations and got a suspect vehicle description. A few minutes later, an Auburn police officer spotted the suspect vehicle near the Holiday Inn and followed it as the driver got onto westbound Interstate 80.
The Auburn officer, along with units from the CHP, and Rocklin and Roseville police departments, eventually made a felony stop on the suspect vehicle near Rocklin Road.
Officers arrested Jamaul Lee Baker, 26, and Justina Irene Baker, and three juveniles: one 15-year-old and two 14-year-olds. Money, guns and masks were found inside the car.
The Bakers were booked into the Placer County Hail on charges of armed robbery, conspiracy and child endangerment. The teens were booked on charges of robbery and conspiracy at the Placer County Juvenile Hall.
The Sheriff’s Office is working with other agencies to see if these suspects are responsible for other recent robberies including one in Davis earlier Wednesday night.
In that robbery, police say three men with guns came into the La Quinta Inn on Research Park Drive demanding money. The front desk clerk handed over cash and the suspects, who were wearing ski masks and hoodies, fled.