Written by AARON CASTREJON | CityWatch Editor
MONTEBELLO - Police announced three arrests stemming from a botched smoke shop robbery and shootout two months ago.
The arrests were made mere days after the May 14 robbery attempt at Cigarettes 4 Less Tobacco Shop, 2112 W. Whittier Blvd., around 2 p.m.The smoke shop owner was also armed and exchanged gunfire with the suspects, ultimately injuring one of them.
The three suspects, and a getaway driver who is still outstanding, fled after the shooting and drove west on Whittier Boulevard in a light blue Chrysler 300 sedan.
The smoke shop owner was hospitalized, underwent surgery and is recovering from his injuries, Montebello Police said in a written statement.
With information gathered from social media and with help from news outlets, detectives developed leads which led them to Long Beach where a search warrant was served, Montebello Police said.
Craig Hill, 18, was taken into custody May 18. He is being held without bail, according to Los Angeles County booking information.
Rodderick Reddix, 20, was arrested May 20. He is being held in lieu of $1.83 mullion bail.
A 17-year-old boy was also located and arrested. Because the teen is a minor, booking information is unavailable.
Hill and Reddix are being held without bail, according to Los Angeles County booking records.