Two Arrested In Connection With Mountain Robberies

Deputies recovered the white Scion XB used in the three mountain robberies. Photo courtesy of the San Dimas Sheriff's Station.

Sheriffs Deputies announced the arrest of a man and woman accused of committing a series of armed robbers along Highway 39 in the San Gabriel Mountains.

Deputies located and detained the duo, 20-year-old Juan Plazola of La Puente and 23-year-old Deanna Campillo of El Monte, who were sitting in their white 2010 Scion XB on Highway 39 around mile marker 19 April 30.

The duo allegedly just robbed another victim April 30 around 3 a.m. on the winding mountain road. The victim was able to positively identify the suspects, deputies said in a written statement.

Plazola and Campillo were found in possession of a shotgun, replica pistol and  property stolen in a recent robbery.

The duo are accused of committing two similar robberies, on April 15 around 3:30 a.m. at mile marker 23 and April 26 around 11:50 p.m. near mile marker 21.70.

In the robberies, victims report being robbed at gunpoint by a man and woman parked at roadside turnouts. Using a shotgun, the suspects stole purses, cell phones, wallets and other property, deputies said.

Deputy obtained a search warrant may 2 to find additional stolen property in the suspect’s vehicle. The property was recovered.

Plazola and Campillo were booked on suspicion of armed robbery and are being held in lieu of $100,000 bail. Both are scheduled for an appearance at the West Covina Courthouse today, May 3.

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