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May 31 Patagonia Looting Santa Monica Suspects Arrested


The Santa Monica Police Department notified on July 8 that four of May 31 Patagonia looting Santa Monica suspects were arrested.

Police were looking for the driver of a possibly stolen car who led police on a high-speed chase from Long Beach to Santa Monica on Thursday before ditching the vehicle in a residential area on a chase in the Los Angeles area.

The report states that on Friday, July 3, SMPD detectives from the Special Investigations Unit and officers from the Crime Impact Team procured various search and arrest warrants.

These were given for different areas of Los Angeles County. All locations were thought to be linked to the looting of Patagonia at 1344 4th Street which occurred on May 31.

Police Comb Neighborhood for Patagonia looting suspects

Throughout the civil tension of that night, several suspects removed a safe from the business. The department suspects that there were a total of six looters involved, though only four of May 31 Patagonia looting Santa Monica suspects arrested.

Those arrested were named as 25-year-old Ulises Alcantara Juarez, 24-year-old Alfredo Fernando Bello, 23-year-old Yesenia Enriquez Tejada, and Debbie Lujan, 24. All are identified as Hispanic, the first two being male and the last two being female. The four suspects arrested are charged with burglary, conspiracy, and looting during a protest.

A woman who was in the car got out of the vehicle earlier and was taken into custody, and the man behind the wheel may have abandoned the vehicle in a parking structure and fled on foot.

The SMPD added that evidence connected to the looting, including the store’s missing safe, were found and booked. Out of the original six suspects identified by detectives, two remain at large.

Anyone with additional information or evidence regarding this crime should contact Det. Diaz or Det. McGowan at (310) 458-8491.

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