5 suspects sought in Cherry Creek North jewelry heist apprehended in California
OAKLAND, Calif. — Five suspected robbers accused of barreling into a Cherry Creek North jewelry store and swiping high-priced watches and other items were arrested in Northern California early Wednesday morning and were scheduled to appear in federal court on Friday.
Facing charges are Anthony Domino, 21, Summer Sawyer, 30, Sharde Suwannabart, 24, Sean McCullough, 23, and Anthony Tyree, 23, all of San Francisco, in connection with the robbery at the Williams Jewelers on Tuesday, U.S. Attorney John Walsh and FBI Denver Division special agent in charge Thomas Ravenelle said.
“The raw violence used in the take-over robbery of a Denver jewelry store left no doubt of the urgent need to identify, locate and arrest the perpetrators,” Walsh said in a news release. “Thanks to the extraordinary work of the FBI, the Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force, and the many law enforcement partners who worked together with prosecutors from this office late into the night, a crew of violent interstate robbers was apprehended in California less than 24 hours after their crime.”
Added Ravenelle: “The arrests in this case highlight the success that can be attained when federal, state, and local agencies combine resources to aggressively pursue those that commit serious acts of violence.”
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According to the affidavit, the store’s owner told Denver police that a black woman entered the store ( 2825 E. Third Ave.) looking at watches then left to say she was going to get credit cards.
As she was leaving, three black men wearing black hoodies and black masks and armed with handguns entered the store and robbed it. The owner told police that one of the robbers moved him from the back of the store to the desk area at gunpoint.
Witnesses then saw a maroon Chevrolet Blazer leaving the area at a high rate of speed. The Blazer was found later in a nearby alley and a records check determined the owner was an Aurora resident.
The owner said he had sold the vehicle to two unknown black men and two unknown black women on Monday night after placing an ad on Craigslist. The transaction occurred in the parking lot of University of Colorado Hospital and the buyers arrived in a newer Cadillac Crossover SUV with California license plates.
The license plate was tracked to a rental at San Francisco International Airport. On Wednesday, agents gained a federal court order to contact OnStar and utilize the GPS feature on the vehicle.
About 2:15 a.m. PST, the vehicle was located near Roseville, Calif. The California Highway Patrol attempted to pull over the vehicle, but the SUV led law enforcement on a chase that ended with a crash in the San Francisco Bay area.
Four to five of the occupants fled on foot but all five were later apprehended.
A Glock semi-automatic handgun was found in the vehicle and one of the defendants had at least five Rolex watches, including one that had serial numbers from a watch that was taken at Williams Jewelry.
Sawyer was matched to surveillance video in the store. Suwannabart was matched to surveillance video taken from the Williams Jewelers store in Englewood on Monday where she was seen carefully watching the store. The three men from the car matched witness descriptions.
If convicted of robbery affecting commerce, each defendant faces not more than 20 years in federal prison and up to a $250,000 fine. If convicted of conspiracy to commit robbery affecting commerce, each defendant faces not more than five years in federal prison and up to a $250,000 fine.