Suspect Arrested in Connection With 2 Ventura Armed Robberies

Police arrested a man Monday who they say carried out two armed robberies in Ventura in recent months.

Jonathan Sabalza, 23, was taken into custody shortly after 6 a.m. at an apartment in the 6300 block of Whippoorwill Street, according to the Ventura County Police Department.

He’s accused of robbing a Circle K store at 3506 E. Main Street on March 3, as well as a Chevron station at 3477 Telegraph Road on Jan. 30, authorities said.

“After a brief standoff, the suspect came out of the apartment and was arrested,” police said in a written statement. “During a subsequent search, the handgun used in both robberies was located.”

Sabalza has two pending criminal cases for allegations of evading police, hit-and-run and possession of a controlled substance, in addition to a 2017 conviction for resisting arrest, police said.

Information regarding Sabalza’s bail and initial court date was not available Monday afternoon.

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