TYPE OF INCIDENT:
PC 212.5 – Robbery
PC 417(a)(2) – Exhibit Firearm
245(a)(2) Assault with Firearm
PC 246.3 – Discharge Firearm with Negligence
PC 25300(a) – Masked Criminal in Possession of Firearm in Public
CRIME LOCATIONS – City of Ridgecrest:
725 W. Ridgecrest Blvd. (Knights of Columbus)
1501 N. China Lake Blvd. (Easy Stop Market)
LIZAMA, James Franklin – 46 YOA – Ridgecrest Resident
RESUME OF INCIDENT:
On 2/11/2018, at approximately 2130 hours, the Ridgecrest Police Department took a report of a Robbery from the “Knights of Columbus” where the suspect used a firearm in the commission of the crime. The suspect was able to, (forcefully by fear), steal over $2,000 in U. S. Currency from five victims. Detectives were able to gather evidence from the scene. An extensive search by the Ridgecrest Police Department’s Patrol Officers and Detectives was conducted and many leads were uncovered.
On 3/2/2018, at approximately 0925 hours, the Ridgecrest Police Department responded to an “Armed Robbery” in progress occurring at “Easy Stop Market,” 1501 N. China Lake Blvd. It was reported that the masked suspect fired a handgun in the commission of the crime. The Ridgecrest Police Department immediately set up a perimeter of the area and an exhaustive search was conducted for the armed suspect.
The Ridgecrest Police Department along with other agencies including, Kern County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, Bureau of Land Management and China Lake Police Department searched the area for several hours but were unable to locate the suspect. Detectives Cushman, Harlow, Hamilton and CSI Agostinacci processed the scene and located several items of evidence. “Easy Stop Market” reported over $1,000 in U.S. Currency was taken.
Based on evidence obtained from both robbery scenes and investigative follow up conducted by the Ridgecrest Police Department’s Detectives, suspect James LIZAMA was named.
On 3/12/2018, Detectives Cushman, Harlow and Officer Clinton went to Anaheim, CA where they were assisted by Anaheim Police Department’s Fugitive Team. At about 2051 hours, James LIZAMA was located and placed under arrest. Evidence was located on LIZAMA during the arrest that also linked him to the crimes.
LIZAMA was housed in RPD’s temporary holding facility, awaiting transport to the Central Receiving Facility in Bakersfield CA where he will be booked.
JED McLAUGHLIN – Chief of Police
Sergeant Tony Brown