Huntington Beach, Calif. – Two suspects wanted in a violent robbery at an Arizona jewelry store that left an employee in critical condition have been arrested.
A police spokesperson said the chase began after a patrol officer saw the suspects committing a traffic violation in the U-Haul. When the officer took down the U-Haul’s license plate number, he revealed that an occupant of the vehicle was wanted for a felony in Arizona.
In that robbery, which was included in the Jewelers’ Security Alliance’s July 14 crime alert, the suspects were dressed in black and wearing motorcycle helmets when they entered the store around 6 p.m.
One suspect pointed a gun at employees while the second smashed display cases and stole jewelry before they both fled on motorbikes, the JSA said.
When deputies arrived at the scene, they found one person with gunshot wounds, marking the second shot of a jewelry store employee in one week.
Huntington Beach police charged Jones with resisting or obstructing an arrest and evading a peace officer while Simmons was charged with drunk and disorderly conduct. Both have also been convicted on outstanding arrest warrants related to the robbery in Anthem.
Jones is being held on $1.2 million bond and his next court appearance is scheduled for July 27, according to Orange County Sheriff’s Department online records.
Editor’s note: This story was updated after publication to add details about the start of the vehicle chase that resulted in the arrest of the suspects.