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Robbery suspect evades police, leaves behind kilo of cocaine

On Friday, December 6, at approximately 1:30 p.m., a Claremont police officer observed a vehicle stopped at the intersection of Arrow Highway and Indian Hill Boulevard that was related to a strong-arm robbery that had been reported in Claremont earlier in the day.

When the driver saw the police officer, he attempted to flee by driving northbound on Indian Hill Boulevard. The pursuit ended on Oberlin Avenue, north of First Street in the Claremont Village, where the driver abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot.

As the driver fled on foot, he stripped off his t-shirt and a bullet-proof vest. A kilo of cocaine was located in the vehicle believed to belong to the driver. The driver was not located.

Sandra Diaz, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga was booked at Claremont police jail for the misdemeanor violation of possessing a methamphetamine pipe. She was later released with a citation.

The related strong arm robbery occurred at 7 a.m. in the 1400 block of Morton Circle. The victim alleged that friends of her acquaintance came into her apartment and stole property including cash, keys to her vehicle and electronics. When the victim attempted to stop them, a television was thrown at her and used to hold her down to the ground. The suspects fled the scene in the victim’s vehicle.

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