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Four arrested in outlet robbery attempt

By: Roger Phelps, The Telegraph
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Three men and a woman were arrested Sept. 3 following an alleged robbery attempt at the Folsom Premium Outlets shopping center on Folsom Boulevard. Held on suspicion of six separate offenses -- robbery, kidnapping, false imprisonment, attempted carjacking, terrorist threats and conspiracy -- were Stanley Ramsey, 21, of Rancho Cordova, Gerray Martin, 20, of Sacramento, and Blake Bennett, 19, of Citrus Heights. Investigators found that a fourth suspect, Kenisha Walthall, 19, of Sacramento, acted as a lookout, and arrested her on suspicion of robbery and conspiracy. On Sept. 3, 2008, at approximately 5:09 p.m the police department received a phone call from a citizen to report a robbery in progress, saying it involved at least two suspects in the 13000 block of Folsom Boulevard. A pair of victims, both 21-year-old Folsom men, said suspects confronted them in a restroom at a food court. They said use of a gun was threatened, but no gun was seen. One of the victims said suspects led him out of the restroom in an attempt to have him supply more loot. When the suspect attempted to take the victim back into the restroom, he ran and escaped, according to to Sgt. Eric Heichlinger. While suspects had the other victim in the parking lot, telling him they were going to steal his car, police arrived, and the suspects fled on foot. An officer who had answered the call in four minutes then gave chase, according to Heichlinger. The suspects didn't get far. Two were found and arrested without incident just across Iron Point Road from the reported robbery location.. A third was arrested nearby, at the Iron Point Light Rail station. “This is a classic example of the good that can result when police are able to rapidly respond to a crime in progress and work in partnership with the community to apprehend violent individuals,” said Lt. Brian Sather, the Watch Commander during the incident. The Telegraph’s Roger Phelps can be reached at rogerp@goldcountrymedia.com, or post a comment at folsomtelegraph.com