5 arrested in connection with armed robberies in Bakersfield, Delano

2 other suspects remain at-large

Authorities in Tulare County announced that they have arrested five people in connection with a string of armed robberies in Bakersfield, Delano, Tulare County and as far away as Nebraska. Two others remain at-large.

Javier Beltran Alonzo, 24; Hugo Guerrero, 32; Jorge Alonso, 25; Vanessa Garcia, 28; and Leonard Martinez, 41 were all arrested in connection with the armed robberies. Garcia and Martinez were released on bail.

The group is suspected of committing an armed robbery of an armored truck at a Chase Bank in Delano in March and an armed robbery of the Payless Liquor in December 2016.

At a press conference Monday, police said three to four armed suspects entered various businesses wearing masks and gloves and methodically cleared the store with assault rifles and pistols out looking for patrons or owners. The suspects then demanded that everyone get on the ground in English and Spanish. With victims on the ground, the suspects took money from cash registers and in some cases took cell phones and wallets from people in the store. No one was injured in the robberies.

In all, more than $250,000 was taken in 14 armed robberies over 15 months.

Tulare County officials are still looking for Ulises Medina and Homero Palomino Ontiveros. The Tulare County Sheriff's Office considers the two armed and dangerous.

Medina is 24 years old and is described as standing 5 feet 3 to 6 inches tall and weighing between 155 and 170 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

Ontiveros, 32, is described as standing approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 150 to 170 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

Authorities are also looking for one of the vehicles used in the robberies. Police are looking for a silver 2009 Chevy Impala LTZ with chrome wheels and a VIN number 2G1WU57M891276568.

Anyone with information on the case is encouraged to call either the Tulare County Sheriff's Office at 559-733-6218 or anonymously at 559-725-4194; or the Porterville Police Department at 559-782-7400 or anonymously at 559-784-3673.

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