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Two teens arrested on suspicion of robbing people in their cars

A 19-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy have been arrested in connection with two robberies that occurred over the weekend in Claremont.

Ryan Williams of Claremont was arrested around 5:30 a.m. Sunday morning, Lt. Jason Walters of the Claremont Police Department said. The boy was arrested on Monday morning at Claremont High School.

Both have been arrested on suspicion of robbery, Lt. Walters said. Two additional suspects are still being sought.

The first incident happened on Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m. on the 300 block of Springfield Street. The victim was sitting in his car when the suspects approached and pointed a handgun at him, demanding property, Lt. Walters said. The victim complied, and the robbers ran away from the scene on foot.

The second robbery occurred on the 500 block of Vista Drive around 12:30 a.m. Sunday morning. The victims were sitting in a car when the robbers approached them, pointed a handgun and demanded their property.

This time, the victims did not comply, and there was a struggle with the robbers over the property, Lt. Walters said. One of the victims was able to call 911 during the incident. The robbers then left the scene without taking anything.

Mr. Williams was quickly identified as a suspect, and was found at the scene of an unrelated traffic collision near the intersection of west San Jose and Geneva Avenues around 5:30 a.m., Lt. Walters said. He was arrested at the scene on suspicion of robbery.

Mr. Williams is currently being held on $250,000 bail, according to LA County inmate records.

The 16-year-old boy was arrested at CHS around 8:30 a.m., Lt. Walters said. A Blackboard notice from CHS noted that a CHS proctor and two Claremont Police Department officers walked into a classroom and escorted the boy outside, where he was taken into custody without incident.

Police are currently seeking two additional suspects. Anyone with information should call the Claremont Police Department at (909) 399-5411.

Matthew Bramlett

news@claremont-courier.com

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