‘Armed and dangerous’ man apprehended

RPD tracks local man suspected of two robberies to Anaheim

‘Armed and  dangerous’ man apprehendedBy BRIAN COSNER

News Review Staff Writer

After almost two weeks of investigating, officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department arrested a Ridgecrest man suspected of two separate armed robberies in February and early March. Suspect James Franklin Lizama, 46, was arrested Monday, March 12, in Anaheim.

According to the RPD release, Lizama held up a Knights of Columbus bingo game on Feb. 11, when he “forcefully by fear” stole more than $2,000. He is suspected of having brandished a firearm during the robbery and was able to flee before authorities arrived.

On Friday morning, March 2, Lizama reportedly committed another armed robbery at 1-Stop Market in the 1500 block of North China Lake Boulevard where he stole more than $1,000. The incident was caught on camera, but what was alleged to be Lizama’s face was covered, so authorities.

During the investigation, officers tracked Lizama to Anaheim where, with assistance from Anaheim PD’s Fugitive Team, they located him and arrested him. He was booked in the Bakersfield Central Receiving Facility with a bail set at $280,000.

Lizama is facing multiple felony robbery, burglary and assault with a firearm charges. His bail review is scheduled for March 20, 10:30 a.m. with a preliminary hearing on March 22, 10:30 a.m., both in Ridgecrest.

Story First Published: 2018-03-16