West Covina mall robbery/assault suspects arrested

WEST COVINA, Calif.

Ontario residents Roman Daniel Landero, 36, and Monica Belen Ortiz, 24, were arrested at about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday on the 1700 block of East D Street in Ontario. They were arrested for robbery and felonious assault.

The couple is accused of entering a JC Penney store on February 24 with two children and a baby stroller, placing items in the stroller, stealing a pair of shoes, and exiting into the West Covina Westfield mall. Landero is accused of assaulting a store security guard when he attempted to question Ortiz. The guard sustained injuries including a broken nose.

The suspects were identified by a citizen who saw surveillance photos taken during the incident.

A 7-month-old baby was found at the Ontario residence during the arrest. The child was turned over to a family member.

The two suspects were held on $500,000 bond.

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