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ROBBERYEL CAJON, Calif. — A suspect in four armed robberies at 7-Eleven stores in the East County, three of which occurred within one hour, and the alleged getaway driver were arrested at a Lakeside home Wednesday.

Forrest Gunner Fermil and Kailee Ray were both arrested without incident about 3 p.m. in the 10000 block of Vista Parque in Lakeside, El Cajon police Lt. J.D. Arvan said.

A suspect in a distinct red skull-type mask armed with what appeared to be a black semi-automatic handgun allegedly robbed a 7-Eleven at 355 Jamacha Road about 2:20 a.m. Monday, Arvan said.

Similar suspect descriptions were given in two other early-morning robberies at convenience stores, one shortly before 3 a.m. Monday at 735 E. Bradley Ave. in an unincorporated area outside El Cajon, then about 15 minutes later at 10205 Lake Jennings Park Road in Lakeside, Arvan said.

That suspect was also believed to have committed another armed robbery at 1498 Jamacha Road in an unincorporated area near El Cajon early Saturday, according to Arvan.

According to Arvan, police on Tuesday developed a promising lead on a suspect and worked in conjunction with investigators from the sheriff’s Santee Station to identify a suspect.

“The suspect was located at a residence in Lakeside and taken into custody without incident,” Arvan said. “As the investigation continued, an accomplice, believed to have been the getaway driver, was also identified and arrested without incident at the same location.”

Both suspects were booked into jail, Arvan said.


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