2 more arrested in La Vina Market robbery in Salinas

Police have nabbed two more suspects in the armed robbery of a North Salinas business earlier this month, bringing total arrests in the case to five.

On Tuesday, the Salinas Police Department’s Violence Suppression Unit arrested Oswaldo Ruiz, 18, and a 17 year old.

Authorities took Ruiz to Monterey County Jail and the 17-year-old to Juvenile Hall, booking them on several charges, including armed robbery.

They are suspected of playing a role in the Dec. 4 holdup of La Vina Market, 2165 N. Main St.

Witnesses outside the store had called 911 as the holdup unfolded.

Two thugs, dressed in black and wearing ski masks, had gone into the business and robbed it at gunpoint.

The robbers pointed guns at the customers and employees and demanded money from the register. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of loot, the thieves ran off.

One suspect was seen running into the nearby Shop-n-Save Market. Police arrested Emanuel Martinez, 20, as he came out.

Violence Suppression Unit officers checked the area and found a white Mitsubishi Gallant with several individuals in or around it.

Some of the people around the car seemd to be trying to hide items, police said. Police located evidence, including cash and a loaded gun, linking these individuals to the La Vina Market robbery, cops said.

Police arrested Anthony Lee Heilmann, 23, Celeste Rodriguez, 18, and Jonathan Quintero, 23, who is on parole.

Rodriguez, Martinez and Quintero face charges of robbery, conspiracy, gang enhancement and weapons charges. Heilmann was booked on possession of stolen property and violation of probation.

The California Highway Patrol assisted in the case, and Monterey County sheriffs deputies helped investigate a robbery at Radio Shack on East Boronda road about the same time.

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