Tuesday, March 8, 2011

More arrested for Cotati Robbery

Cotati police Wednesday announced the arrest of six more people for a recent home invasion robbery, bringing to 11 the number held on suspicion of taking marijuana at gunpoint.

The six were arrested with the help of Los Angeles police officers and soon will be transported to Sonoma County from Southern California, according to Sheriff's Lt. Dennis O'Leary, who temporarily is working with the Cotati police.

The robbers allegedly first met one of the home's occupants on Jan. 22 on a Cotati street. Gunmen later forced their way into a La Salle Avenue duplex, tied up its three occupants and escaped with an unknown amount of marijuana.

Police later pulled over two vehicles in Petaluma that matched descriptions of some of the getaway cars. Officers found marijuana and four firearms and arrested five men on charges of armed robbery, burglary and false imprisonment.

The six new suspects are John Delgado, 19, and Cory Elliott, 20, both of Simi Valley; Ashley Canale, 19, and Josef Lugo, 29, both of Chatsworth; Hulofton Robinson II, 27, Inglewood; and Garrett Koffmoore, 24, Woodland Hills.

— Robert Digitale

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