Police arrest two suspects in Carmel purse heist
Correction: Joshua Flatley, 21, of Pacific Grove, was arrested on Sunday at his Pacific Grove residence on suspicion of possessing stolen property, according to police. He was not a burglary suspect. An earlier version of this story listed an incorrect charge against Flatley and the incorrect location of his arrest. Sheriff’s deputies bagged two Fresno men suspected of stealing luxury purses during a morning Carmel commercial burglary. Gabriel Ornelas, 21, and Martin Perez, 23, were arrested after a high speed chase early Tuesday that ended in a farm field off Highway 1, police said. Carmel police said two people smashed a window at the Coach store at Ocean Avenue and San Carlos Street and took 44 purses, wallets and umbrellas valued at $11,800. They fled in a silver sport utility vehicle. Deputies spotted a vehicle matching that description near Reservation Road and when they tried to pull it over, it sped away at up to 90 mph after it turned onto Molera Road, they said. Police said the vehicle’s lights were sometimes turned off as an evasive maneuver. Deputies caught the vehicle after a three mile pursuit when it swerved into a farm field and got stuck. A passenger tried to run, but was caught within 20 feet, deputies said. Deputies said they found “a large amount” of Coach purses piled in passenger areas of the vehicle. Carmel police said the suspects have ties to the Fresno Bulldogs, a Norte gang, and their vehicle was rented in Fresno. The stolen bags and other items were returned to the Carmel store. Police said several commercial burglaries aimed at Coach stores have occurred in California since November 2011. A Fresno burglary ring may be responsible for the heists, police said. School employee sought as molest suspect Salinas police are seeking an Alisal Union School District employee as a suspect in molestation of a 14 year old girl during a one year period. Police said the girl’s mother brought the girl and a cellphone containing compromising pictures of the girl and the suspect, identified as Hector Ortega Zermeno, 29, who tutored the girl at Alisal Community School in 2011, to the police station on Monday. Police said the girl told investigators the two had a sexual relationship. Zermeno, police said, may have fled to Mexico. He is believed to be driving a black 1998 Nissan Altima with California plates 5RGV829. Man arrested as burglary suspect Carmel and Pacific Grove police arrested a man as a suspect involved in a burglary in Big Sur early Sunday. engaging in what officers believed was suspicious activity. The car of Canyon Lagrone, 38, of Monterey, was stopped for a vehicle violation in Carmel, police said. Lagrone was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, driving with a suspended license, possession of stolen property, conspiracy and probation violation. A second suspect, Joshua Flatley, 21, of Pacific Grove, was arrested at his residence on suspicion of possessing stolen property, investigators said. Deputy arrests man hiding in car trunk A San Ardo man was arrested after he was found hiding in a car trunk in San Ardo early Tuesday, sheriff’s deputies said. with the trunk ajar. As the deputy walked up, a man jumped out. Deputies said Rojelio Aviles, 21, was detained and found in possession of drugs and on probation. He was booked into Monterey County Jail.