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Three robbery suspects who fled a Novato manhunt on Monday were arrested at San Francisco International Airport, bringing the number of jailed suspects to seven.
Investigators are still looking for an eighth suspect, a woman. Authorities initially said an additional man was involved, but on Tuesday they said the woman is the only outstanding accomplice.
The men in custody were identified as residents of North Carolina and Virginia. Investigators suspect they came to California looking for marijuana cultivators to rob.
The failed caper started early Monday morning in Petaluma, where a band of gun-toting robbers struck three homes on Eugenia Drive, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office said. The robbers tied up the residents and pistol-whipped one of them.
None of the properties was involved in marijuana cultivation.
The robbers fled the neighborhood in two vehicles, a van and a Volkswagen Passat. Petaluma police spotted the cars and chased them into Marin County.
The occupants of the van stopped along Highway 101 near San Marin Drive and ran toward the Wood Hollow neighborhood in northern Novato. They left several guns in the van and around it.
Authorities quickly arrested one of the suspects — Ledarrell Javon Crockett, 28, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina — and launched an unsuccessful half-day search for the other van occupants.
Meanwhile, police found the Volkswagen outside the Costco in the Vintage Oaks Shopping Center in Novato. Police arrested three men there but the woman escaped.
The suspects arrested outside Costco were identified as Chrisshawn Denardray Beal, 20, of Winston-Salem; Melvin Corbin, 19, of Richmond, Virginia; and Jaray Day-Shawn Simmons, 28 of Winston-Salem.
At about 7 p.m., investigators intercepted three more suspects who were trying to board a flight back to the …read more
Source:: The Mercury News