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Two women charged with robbery

Two women charged with robbery

Erica Aguilar, 25, of Merced was not involved in the actual robbery, but was charged with using stolen credit cards.


POSTED August 29, 2009 11:38 a.m.
A man told sheriff’s deputies he was robbed while being a good Samaritan, but it turns out he was robbed during an exchange of money for sexual favors, according to the Merced County Sheriff’s Department.
While the details may have been a bit skewed, the sheriff’s department did end up arresting two women for robbery and one for using the stolen credit cards, sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Tom MacKenzie said.
The 54-year-old man originally told the sheriff’s department that he was approached by three older Latina women at a gas station and that they asked for a ride out to the country. He said when they got to their destination, a white pickup truck pulled up behind him and two Latino men — one armed with an AK47 style assault rifle — got out of the truck.
The man said he was ordered onto the ground and that the women took his wallet and left.
“The victim wasn’t completely honest about the incident,” MacKenzie said.
The incident started on the afternoon of Aug. 15 at a charity car wash for a stabbing victim in Merced. The victim approached the three women working at the car wash and they all left in his vehicle. According to the witnesses, the women were going with the man to exchange sexual favors for money, MacKenzie said.
The three rode out to Sandy Mush Road, where a tire blew on the victim’s truck, MacKenzie said.
One of the women called for a ride to come out and get them. When their ride arrived, two of the women turned on the victim with a baseball bat and a crow bar and took his wallet and bank statements, MacKenzie said.
Detective Mike Ruiz tracked down the three women and arrested them last week. Some of the women were in possession of the bank statements and receipts that belonged to the victim, MacKenzie said.
Sara Kellum, 29, of Merced was charged with armed robbery and conspiracy to commit a crime. Crystal Baeza, 24, of Merced was booked for robbery ad two other felony warrants. Erica Aguilar, 25, of Merced was not involved in the actual robbery, but was charged with using stolen credit cards.

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