Three suspects arrested in Chase Bank robbery


PASO ROBLES — The Paso Robles Police Department arrested Edward Ivan Ochoa, 30, Jose Christian Ramirez, 29, and Luis Rios Rico, 21, on Tuesday, Nov. 20, in connection with the Chase Bank robbery.

As previously reported, on Nov. 20, officers from the Paso Robles Police Department responded to an armed bank robbery at Chase Bank, on 194 Niblick Rd., Paso Robles. During the robbery, a bank employee sustained a moderate eye injury after one of the robbers struck him with a rifle. The Santa Maria Field Office of the FBI was contacted and sent multiple agents to assist the Paso Robles PD with the investigation.

After receiving the 911 call, Paso Robles PD dispatch gave a suspect and vehicle description to surrounding jurisdictions and state agencies. The California Highway Patrol received this information and located a vehicle fitting the description traveling in excess of 100 mph on northbound Highway 101. CHP stopped the vehicle and discovered three occupants: Ochoa, Ramirez, and Rico matching the description of the robbers. All three were detained and Paso Robles PD officers responded to CHP’s traffic stop.

The three were taken into custody and booked at the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office main jail facility on suspicion of robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping with intent to commit robbery, conspiracy, providing false information to a police officer and a parole hold.

This is an ongoing investigation, and anyone with information about this crime or any person(s) involved is urged to call the Paso Robles Police Department at 805-237-6464. Persons wishing to remain anonymous are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers' 24-hour hotline at 805-549-STOP or by texting “SLOTIPS” plus your message” to CRIMES (274637).

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