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TPD officers arrest man wanted in connection with armed robbery

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Tehachapi Police officers arrested Jesus Ortiz Vences, 34, pictured on the right in front of the counter, around 10 a.m. Thursday morning in connection with an armed robbery at Circle K, 302 E. Tehachapi Blvd., on Oct. 27. Photo courtesy of Tehachapi Police Department

Tehachapi Police report that around 10 a.m. Thursday morning, TPD officers worked in cooperation with the Kern County Sheriff's Office and the California Highway Patrol to arrest Jesus Ortiz Vences, 34, at his home in the Mojave area.

Vences is one of two suspects wanted in an armed robbery case that occurred at Circle K, 302 E. Tehachapi Blvd., on Oct. 27.

Sergeant Keven Empey said they were able to identify the suspect based on a tip that came in after circulating surveillance camera photos.

Vences was questioned and booked by the Sheriff's in Mojave.

A second identified suspect, whose name may be released later, is still outstanding.

According to Detective Denise Brown, two Hispanic men entered Circle K between 11:30 p.m. and midnight on Oct. 27, and went to the back of the store as if they were shopping. The men then approached the clerk at the counter and one of the men appeared to have a weapon under his sweatshirt. Although the object was never displayed, the implication was there, Brown said.

The suspects left the store with two beers in hand and $50 from the cash register. Looking at store survellance tape, Brown said investigators determined that the pair pulled up and left again in a white truck.

If you see the suspects, Brown said, do not confront them, as they are considered dangerous. Call 911 if you see them presently, but call Brown directly if you saw them previously. She can be reached at 822-2222, extension 106.

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