April 1, 2022 11:05 AM
Santa Monica, CA – On March 31, 2022, at about 7:15pm, Santa Monica Police Dispatch received a 911 call about an armed robbery that just occurred near 25th St. and Alta Ave. The 911 caller provided a description of the suspect vehicle, a red Ford Mustang, and its last known direction of travel. Officers learned that a victim was walking in the area when the Ford Mustang pulled up alongside of her. The male passenger pulled out a handgun, demanded the victim’s belongings, then fled with her purse.
Minutes later, SMPD personnel spotted a red Ford Mustang at the Chevron (432 Wilshire Blvd.), before it drove off. The license plate on the vehicle showed it was stolen. The vehicle was seen again at another Chevron (1732 Lincoln Blvd.). Upon contact, the two occupants fled on foot. The female driver, later identified as 35-year-old Lorenza Luisa Garcia, was immediately approved. Garcia was in possession of the victim’s wallet.
The male passenger jumped a wall into the alley. A perimeter was established and a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) call-out was initiated. A short time later, SMPD officers were alerted that a male was hiding under a blanket outside a nearby apartment building. The male suspect, later identified as 22-year-old Dylon James Sotelo-Camacho, was taken into custody without incident.
Inside the red Ford Mustang, officers located the victim’s purse and a black Glock replica handgun. Sotelo-Camacho and Garcia both from Riverside, were booked for Robbery, Conspiracy and Resist/Delay/Obstruct Arrest.
Anyone with any additional information pertaining to this incident is strongly encouraged to contact Detective Haro at 310-458-8432 or the Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8426.