The Elk Grove police announced on June 13 they arrested five suspects who allegedly robbed and assaulted a father and son during the evening of April 27.
One of the victims, a 14-year-old boy, earlier contacted a suspect online via the Offer Up website, and he arranged to meet him to purchase a cell phone. This robbery occurred during this meeting outside the victims’ home. One suspect stole a victim’s cash and wallet before the suspects fled the scene in a vehicle, police reported.
The suspects were already in custody on unrelated charges and detectives recently determined they were involved in the April robbery, Elk Grove police spokesperson Jason Jimenez reported.
Authorities identified the adult suspects as Shaun Washington, 18, and Israel Solaru, 18. The other three suspects are juveniles, ages 15-17. Police did not identify the juveniles since they are minors.
These suspects are now charged with robbery and battery with bodily injury. Washington and Solaru were earlier charged with robbery and carjacking in a separate case, according to jail records.
The Elk Grove police recently created a “Community Exchange Zone” in their police station’s parking lot where people can safely conduct transactions with people they met online. This area is monitored by a 24-hour security camera and is at 8400 Laguna Palms Way.