Second arrest made in violent robbery at a 99 Ranch Market in Rowland Heights

A second suspect has been arrested in connection with the violent robbery of a man and woman in the parking lot of a 99 Ranch Market in Rowland Heights, in which the two victims were handgun whipped before the attackers presented a $60,000 Rolex watch fled.

The July 9 attack was caught on video and shocked the predominantly Asian community in the eastern San Gabriel Valley, already reeling from anti-Asian attacks.

On Wednesday morning, the Major Crimes and Special Enforcement Bureau of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department served a search warrant at a Long Beach home on the 300 block of Lime Avenue where deputies took Dangelo Thomas into custody, a department statement said.

Investigators also found 45mm and 9mm handguns in the apartment.

The two victims were exiting 99 Ranch Market when they were approached by two armed suspects in the parking lot, police said. One of the suspects demanded that the male victim hand over his watch, but one of the attackers began punching the man before he could react.

The men then also attacked the female victim, who fell to the ground during the attack as a bystander recorded the incident.

The two men were able to snag the watch and were seen fleeing in a white Dodge Challenger.

Thomas’s arrest comes about two weeks after sheriff’s officers took custody of 21-year-old Demoryie Watts in connection with the robbery.

Thomas was arrested on suspicion of robbery, possession of a firearm by an ex-felon and violating probation for a previous gang-related offense, sheriff’s officers said.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-09-01/second-arrest-made-in-violent-robbery-at-a-99-ranch-market-in-rowland-heights Second arrest made in violent robbery at a 99 Ranch Market in Rowland Heights

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