• Robbers Sentenced in Robbery of Carmel Jewelry Store

    District Attorney Dean D. Flippo announced that Miguel Jimenez, age 24, Leonel Ramirez, Age 19, and Omar Vasquez, age 18, all of Castroville, were sentenced on October 27, 2015, for their participation in the robbery of La Renaissance Jewelers in the city of Carmel. All of the defendants admitted that the robbery was committed for the benefit of the Norteno Criminal Street Gang.

    On November 6, 2013, the defendants drove to the City of Carmel for the express purpose of committing a robbery within the city. While the specific location of the robbery was not known until they arrived in Carmel, the defendants came prepared with a loaded firearm, a replica firearm, masks, gloves, bags to carry away the stolen property and zip ties used to bind the hands of two of the victims.

    Mr. Jimenez entered the jewelry store posing as a legitimate customer looking to buy a ring for his girlfriend. After a short period of time, he displayed the replica weapon gaining control of the three victims. Mr. Ramirez and Mr. Vasquez entered the store locked the entry door and all three defendants proceeded to move the two store employees and a female customer to the office in the back of the store. Mr. Ramirez displayed a loaded firearm as he assisted in securing the victims in the back of the store and binding the employees with the plastic zip ties. After the victims were secured, Mr. Vasquez proceeded to empty the safe of the jewelry which was stored there in. Mr. Ramirez in effect stood guard over the victims with the loaded revolver while this was taking place. While Mr. Jimenez was binding the owner of the store, he took $1400.00 from owner’s pocket.

    Believing that a silent alarm had been activated, the three gang members ran from the store to their vehicle and fled the scene with the stolen jewelry. Due to the fast response of the Roadblock Observation Plan of Enforcement, a notification process that local police agencies have developed to assist in the capture of fleeing felons as they attempt to leave the area, the defendants’ vehicle was stopped as it left Highway 1 at Imjin Parkway. All of the stolen property, to include over $170,000.00 worth of jewelry, was recovered within the vehicle. 

    District Attorney Dean D. Flippo announced that Miguel Jimenez, age 24, Leonel Ramirez, Age 19, and Omar Vasquez, age 18, all residents of Castroville, were sentenced on October 27, 2015, for their participation in the robbery of La Renaissance Jewelers in the city of Carmel. All of the defendants admitted that the robbery was committed for the benefit of the Norteno Criminal Street Gang.

     

    All of the defendants pled guilty to three (3) counts each of kidnapping, robbery and assault with a firearm with additional allegations involving weapons use and gang enhancements.

     

    During the sentencing hearing Monterey County Superior Court Judge Carrie Panetta reminded the defendants that she had the responsibility to consider various factors during the sentencing process to include protecting the community, deterrence, and punishing each defendant based upon his participation in the crime. She then proceeded to sentence Mr. Jiminez, whom she considered the leader in this crime, to a term of 25 years, 8 months in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Mr. Vasquez received a sentence of 20 years, 4 months, and Mr. Ramirez received a sentence of 10 years, 4 months.

     

    The City of Carmel Police Department was the main investigating agency for this crime; however, almost every othe

     

    posted to Cedar Street Times on October 30, 2015

    Topics: Front PG News, Police Log

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