A man and a woman were arrested for committing a string of robberies in Santa Ana while impersonating police officers. Robbers were acting like cops. The individuals suspected are charged with robbing nearly $2,000 from five victims during four separate incidents in one month. Police are still looking for the third suspect.
During the robberies, one of the suspects was wearing a security-type uniform and carried a handgun. The other suspect wore all black clothing and a jacket that said SECURITY. Santa Ana Police Commander said, "The suspects' demeanor was that of police officers and the victims did not realize they were being robbed until the suspects fled with their money."
Robbery, a felony, may be punished by 3 to 6 years in State Prison. California Penal Code Section 211 defines robbery as the felonious taking of personal property in the possession of another, from his person or immediate presence, and against his will, accomplished by means of force or fear. Fear means fear of injury to oneself or the person's family or property or to someone in one's company. The value of the property taken does not matter.
An important element for robbery to be established is force or fear. Only an experienced criminal defense attorney can present a robbery defense by demonstrating that no force or fear was used to take the property or to prevent the victim from resisting. See also Penal Code Sections 211, 212.5 and 213; Criminal Law Updates from the Law Offices of William W. Bruzzo (714) 547-4636