2017-08-11 / Community

Teens arrested following fight for phone

One victim was knocked unconscious during theft

The Camarillo Police Department arrested a pair of young adults accused of attacking and robbing two Camarillo men, knocking one unconscious and stealing the other’s iPhone.

Joshua Lugo, 19, of Camarillo and a 16-year-old from Oxnard were arrested July 28 in connection with the theft, which took place around 10 p.m. July 25 outside Ralphs grocery store on Las Posas Road.

According to Sgt. John Franchi, the thieves asked to borrow the iPhone and then refused to return it. When another person attempted to intervene and get back the phone, he was punched in the face several times and knocked unconscious.

“The victim was battered by both suspects, and he had several injuries,” Franchi said.

The injured victim was treated at St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital and released. Though the victims did not know their assailants personally, they recognized them from the area and passed on their descriptions to police.

“We were able to figure out who they were at that point and detectives responded,” Franchi said. “Through investigation, they figured out who the suspects were and were able to make an arrest.”

When the suspects were found, deputies were able to unlock the cellphone and identify it as belonging to the victim, Franchi said.

Even though no weapons were used, Franchi said, using fear or force in a robbery qualifies it as a felony charge. Lugo was booked at the Main Jail in Ventura, and the 16-year-old was taken to Ventura County Juvenile Hall.

Lugo faces charges of second degree robbery and attempted second-degree robbery, as well as inflicting great bodily harm during the commission of a felony.

Cameron Kiszla

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