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Costa Mesa Police Department
Thursday July 3rd, 2014 :: 09:27 p.m. PDT


Robbery/Commercial Burglary Arrest

On July 2, 2014 at about 4:20 p.m., a subject identified as Rene Ramirez entered the Arco Gas station/Mini-Mart at 2021 Newport Blvd, going directly to the beer cooler. Ramirez removed an 18-pack of beer from the cooler and exited the store without making any attempt to pay from merchandise. A store employee saw Ramirez, who has had a large scar on the left side of his head, and recognized him from having previously attended the same school. Ramirez fled the area on foot and no other suspects were seen.

Later that evening, at about 7:20 p.m., patrol officers responded to a reported robbery at the US Gas station and Mini-Mart located at 2502 Harbor Blvd. There they contacted the manager, who had been assaulted, sustaining minor abrasions/contusions/small cuts to his head, face and arms. The victim/manager reported that two male suspects entered the gas station and went directly to the beer cooler. One suspect removed two 18-packs of beer and the second suspect removed one 18-pack of beer. Both suspects exited the store without making any attempt to pay for the merchandise. One of these subjects was later identified as Rene Ramirez (same suspect from the prior burglary at the Arco Mini-Mart), and the other suspect was determined to be a 15-year-old (name not being released).

These two suspects, upon exiting with the beer, met with Raymond Magallanez in the parking lot and handed him one of the 18-packs. The manager followed the suspects out of the store, seeing that there were now three suspects as they began walking north along the Harbor Blvd. sidewalk. He chased after the suspects and was able to grab onto one of 18-packs. A struggle ensued and the 18-pack of beer opened, causing the manager to fall to the ground along with the beer. As the victim was on the ground all three suspects turned and began to hit and kick him, with one suspect also picking up a beer can, which he threw at the victim striking him. The three suspects fled, running north on Harbor Blvd.

Citizen witnesses, seeing what was occurring, followed the suspects to an apartment complex at 400 Merrimac while calling 911. On-duty detectives and patrol officers contacted and identified all three suspects, who were then arrested.

The victim was provided initial treatment at the scene by Costa Mesa Fire personnel, however declined any further medical attention.

Suspects Ramirez and Magallanez were transported to the Costa Mesa Jail and subsequently booked into the Orange County Jail for suspicion of robbery by force and commercial burglary. Both are known street gang members affiliated with Costa Mesa and Riverside gangs.

The 15-year-old male arrested was subsequently transported and booked into the Orange County Juvenile Hall for the same charges. His possible affiliation with any street gang is being investigated further.

There is no further information for release, nor are any photos of the arrestees being released at this time.

Any persons with information regarding either of these incidents is encouraged to contact the Costa Mesa Police Investigations Bureau at: (714) 754-5205 or

Detective Rob Hanson @ (714) 754-5162
Sergeant Ed Everett @ (714) 754-5395

Costa Mesa Police Department
99 Fair Dr
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 714-754-5252

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