Five arrested in Wednesday night “crime spree”

Auburn Police officer led final effort
By: Staff Report
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Five people, including three juveniles, were arrested after allegedly robbing two Placer County businesses and injuring a clerk Wednesday night, according to a press release by the Placer County Sheriff's Office issued Thursday morning.

Jamaul Lee Baker, 26, and Justina Irene Baker, 22, both of Sacramento, were arrested after Wednesday's robberies and taken to the Placer County Jail. Three juveniles, a 15-year-old and two 14-year-olds, were also taken to the Placer County Juvenile Hall in Auburn, according to the release.

The Bakers and the three juveniles' first alleged crime took place at the Comfort Inn on Auburn Ravine Road in Auburn at 10:40 p.m. The clerk at the Comfort Inn said she had been robbed at gunpoint by people wearing masks and gloves in the lobby and that one of them stomped on the telephone.

Next, the Bakers and the three juveniles allegedly continued to Colfax Food and Gas on South Auburn Street at 11:09 p.m. The clerk was allegedly forced to empty the cash register and get on the ground while the assailants took out the money and allegedly threw the cash register at the clerk's head.

The extent of the Colfax Food and Gast clerk's injuries is not listed in the press release.

After surveillance video was reviewed from both locations, the vehicle was spotted by an Auburn Police officer at the Holiday Inn. The vehicle got back on Interstate 80 and was pulled over at that point.

Along with the Auburn Police, officials from the California Highway Patrol and Rocklin and Roseville police departments assisted in the arrests. Money, guns and masks were all recovered from the car.

The Bakers were both arrested on charges of armed robbery, conspiracy and child endangerment. The juveniles were booked on charges of robbery and conspiracy.

For updates on this story, read tomorrow's edition of the Auburn Journal and