One man is custody and another man is still being sought in connection with a brazen daytime mugging in Canyon Country this week in which a man was accosted by thieves who snatched a gold chain from his neck.
The victim, described as a 33-year-old Hispanic man, was confronted midday Tuesday by two men who demanded money.
“At midday Tuesday, deputies responded to the 19400 block of Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country regarding a robbery that just occurred,” Shirley Miller of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station told The Signal Wednesday.
“The victim, a male Hispanic, age 33, stated that he was walking near the business location when he was confronted by two male black adult suspects,” she said.
“The suspects asked the victim for money.
“After the victim declined, the suspects allegedly grabbed a gold necklace off of the victim, and ran away out of view,” Miller said.
Deputies who responded to reports of the mugging caught up with one of the suspects, she said.
“A responding deputy located one of the suspects,” Miller said.
Christopher Cox, 19, of Canyon Country, was arrested about 12:40 p.m. Tuesday on suspicion of robbery, a felony.
Cox remains in custody with bail set at $25,000.
Tuesday’s arrest marks the third time Cox has been arrested in the SCV in the last year.
About a year ago, he was arrested on suspicion of the misdemeanor offense for allegedly bringing ammunition to school.
County prosecutors declined to pursue the case, however, referring Cox instead to a “diversion program,” Ricardo Santiago, spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said.
Then, late last month, he was arrested again on suspicion of burglary. He was formally charged with burglary on Oct. 3, scheduled to appear in court on that charge Nov. 28.
Cox appeared Thursday in San Fernando Superior Court on the latest charge of robbery. He is scheduled to return to court on that charge Nov. 9.
The second suspect, remains at large.
If anyone has any information regarding this incident, they may contact the station (661)255-1121 or LA Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477.
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