Men arrested in connection with Sonoma robbery

2013-07-31T13:38:00Z Men arrested in connection with Sonoma robbery Napa Valley Register
July 31, 2013 1:38 pm

Napa County sheriff’s deputies and American Canyon police officers stopped a pickup truck on Wednesday morning with three men suspected of a robbery in Sonoma, Napa County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Leroy Anderson said.

At about 4 a.m., a woman was walking into the Sonoma Lucky store at Maxwell Village in the 19100 block of the Sonoma Highway in Sonoma when a pickup truck approached her in the parking lot, according to the Sonoma Police Department. The driver of the truck was wearing a black hoodie and a black mask over his face. The man got out of the truck, pointed a black pistol at the woman and demanded her purse, Sonoma Police Sgt. Dave Thompson said.

“The woman complied by giving him her lunch bag and the suspect fled in the truck,” Thompson said in a written statement. The woman was not injured.

A description of the suspect's truck was broadcast to surrounding agencies, including Napa County’s.

About 30 minutes later, American Canyon officers and the Napa County sheriff's deputies stopped the pickup truck near Chardonnay Golf Club on Jameson Canyon Road, authorities said.

The three men inside the truck were detained. In the truck were two replica Smith and Wesson BB pistols, along with the woman's lunch bag and a black ski mask, police said. The driver was positively identified as being the primary suspect in the robbery.

The driver, Mark Padilla, 20, of Turlock, was arrested on suspicion of robbery and possessing stolen property, police said. The passengers, Edgar Gonzalez and Jesus Vazquez, both 19 and from Turlock, were arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property, police said. They were all booked into the Sonoma County jail.

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