Third suspect identified in Grass Valley armed robbery/vehicle pursuit case

GRASS VALLEY, Calif. January 5, 2017 – Detectives from the Grass Valley / Nevada City – Strategic Response Unit have identified Anthony Richard Vicente as being the third person involved in the armed robbery of the Hot Spot Smoke Shop in Grass Valley on January 2nd.

Vicente was also involved in the theft of 2 vehicles in the Grass Valley area, one just prior to the robbery and one the morning after. Detectives believe Anthony Vicente, Joseph Sandoval, and James Sandoval acted in concert to commit the robbery and steal the vehicles. On January 3, a detective spotted the suspects in the second stolen vehicle, a white boxtruck.

Before they could be detained, the suspects fled in the box-truck and lead multiple law enforcement agencies on a 93-mile pursuit that spanned 4 counties (Nevada, Yuba, Sutter, and Sacramento).
The box-truck ultimately became disabled on Truxel Road near San Juan Road where James Sandoval and Joseph Sandoval were taken into custody after fleeing on foot. A canine was used in the apprehension of James Sandoval.

Joseph Sandoval was booked in the Nevada County jail on January 3rd. James Sandoval was treated at the UC Davis Medical Center for injuries sustained during his apprehension before being booked into the Nevada County jail on January 4th.

The third suspect is Anthony Richard Vicente. This afternoon, with information Detectives provided, a warrant was issued for Vicente’s arrest with a bail amount of $1.5 million dollars. Charges on the warrant include:

1. 211 PC – Robbery
2. 2 counts of 10851 VC – Vehicle Theft
3. Special allegations included for being a felon in possession of a firearm, for using a firearm in the commission of a felony, and for committing a felony after having served time in prison.

In addition to the newly issued Nevada County warrant, Vicente has several warrants from other counties in northern California for his arrest. His whereabouts are unknown and he is to be considered possibly armed and dangerous. Anyone with information about Vincente’s whereabouts is encouraged to call and speak to Detectives at the Grass Valley Police Department @ (530) 274-4339 or (530) 274-4366 Media

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