Police on Friday announced the arrests of two men and two women in connection with the armed carjacking of two marijuana delivery vans during similar incidents in Pasadena last month.
The crimes took place on Jan. 15 and Jan. 28, according to Pasadena police officials. In both cases, the stolen vans were found abandoned near the Rose Bowl, stripped of the money and marijuana they had previously contained.
“Criminal Intelligence Unit detectives commenced their investigation, following up on leads, which ultimately resulted in the identity of four suspects responsible for these crimes,” police said in a written statement.
Daniel Cervantes, 24, of Pasadena was arrested on Feb. 8 in Anaheim in connection with a “similar incident” in that city, according to Pasadena police. He has since been charged with two counts of carjacking and two counts of robbery.
Investigators arrested Terry Wayne Wilson, 25, of Altadena on Feb. 18, according to police and Los Angeles County booking records. He has since been charged with two counts of carjacking and two counts of robbery.
Justine Anne Holguin, 22, of Anaheim was arrested on Feb. 19 and also faces two carjacking charges and two robbery charges, according to police and booking records.
Thania Ruby Martinez, 23, of Palmdale, was taken into custody on Jan. 28, according to police and records. She has since been charged with one count of carjacking.
The Jan. 15 robbery unfolded just before 10 p.m. in the 500 block of Del Monte Street, Pasadena police Lt. Anthony Burgess said at the time.
After making a delivery and returning to his van, two men approached, one of them carrying a handgun, according to the lieutenant. The carjackers ordered the victim out of the van before speeding away in it. No injuries were reported.
A GPS tracker soon led police to find the freshly stolen delivery van abandoned near the Rose Bowl, Burgess said. An undetermined amount of marijuana and cash had been stolen.
Another driver from the same company was carjacked in a similar manner shortly before 10 p.m. on Jan. 15 in a neighborhood near Washington Park, Burgess said.
Again, two men with a handgun demanded the van at gunpoint, strippedit of money and marijuana and ditched it near the Rose Bowl.
“Detectives are continuing with their investigative efforts to determine if there are any additional incidents,” according to the police statement.
Cervantes and Wilson were both being held without bail pending legal proceedings, according to Orange County and L.A. County booking records.
Holguin was released from custody after posting $350,000 bail, records show. Bail for Martinez was set at $150,000.
Anyone with information was urged to contact the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.