Kings deputies investigate Armona theft, arrest suspect

By The Leader Staff
Suspect Esperanza Arellano
Suspect Esperanza Arellano

On Tuesday, November 1, at about 4:10 p.m., Kings County deputies found themselves dispatched to Armona to investigate a recent theft.

Deputies learned that a homeless subject, Esperanza Arellano, 35,  approached the victim in the front yard of her residence. The suspect, Arellano, had a metal object, later identified as a pipe wrench. Deputies reported that Arellano demanded the victim give her the keys to all the vehicles parked outside the victim’s residence.

 The victim refused and warned Arellano that she would call law enforcement if she did not leave the area. The suspect refused to leave and, for a second time, demanded the keys to the vehicles so she could “patrol the area.”

The victim called law enforcement, causing Arellano to be anger. The suspect violently shook the victim’s fence, reached over, and ripped the cell phone from the victim’s hand. Arellano yelled incoherently, and she left with the victim’s cell phone.

A neighbor witnessed the incident and approached the suspect asking her to return the cell phone. Arellano threw the cell phone to the ground, lifted a pipe wrench, and swung at the neighbor. The neighbor used his forearm to block the wrench from striking his face. He sustained a minor injury to his forearm.

Deputies located the suspect and arrested her. Deputies did a drug abuse evaluation, and Arellano, reported deputies, revealed symptoms of having been under the influence of a controlled substance, which deputies suspected to be Methamphetamine.

Deputies booked Esperanza into the Kings County Jail on the charges of robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Bail was set at $90,000.

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