Two alleged armed robbers and their suspected getaway driver were arrested as they fled a mini-mart in Santa Ana, police said Tuesday.
The robbery took place at the Grand Gas mini-mart in the 2200 block of North Grand Avenue (map) on Friday, the Santa Ana Police Department stated in a news release.
Patrol officers initially thought they were witnessing a beer run when they saw two men fleeing from the store just before midnight, according to the news release.
Realizing the pair may have been involved in an armed robbery at the store, officers ordered the men to stop, the news release stated.
One of the men dropped a replica firearm and the other dropped a kitchen knife, according to the Police Department.
The men — identified as Victor Esteves, 19, of Anaheim and Julian Gabriel Iglesias, 25, of Santa Ana — were taken into custody without incident, along with a woman who was waiting in a car, police stated.
The woman was identified in the news release as Melissa Marie Iglesias, 35, of Santa Ana.
Several hundred dollars in cash was found on the suspects, police stated.
The trio were allegedly involved in a similar robbery that took place about one hour earlier at a 76 Gas Station on East Chapman Ave and South Crawford Canyon Road (map) in Orange, the news release stated.