Suspect in North Tahoe armed robbery guilty on 4 counts
September 23, 2013
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — A suspect in an armed robbery last winter at a North Lake Tahoe gas station has been found guilty on four felony counts, officials said.
According to the Washoe County Sheriff's Office, a district court jury on Wednesday found Jorge Miranda-Rivas, 19, of Incline Village, guilty of the following charges:
• robbery with a deadly weapon,
• discharging a weapon from within a structure,
• assault with a deadly weapon; and
• grand larceny of an automobile.
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Miranda-Rivas played a key role in the Jan. 2, 2013, armed robbery at the Incline Village Chevron at 898 Tahoe Blvd., officials said.
Wearing a bandana as a mask, Miranda-Rivas struck the gas station's clerk, fired a revolver inside the store and fled with an undisclosed amount of money, according to previous reports.
A WCSO investigation led to the arrest of Miranda-Rivas, who was 18 at time of the incident, and two juvenile suspects on Jan. 10. A fourth suspect, Jorge Torres, 19, of Kings Beach, was reportedly arrested in January by the Placer County Sheriff's Office on a related auto theft charge.
All four North Tahoe residents allegedly were involved with or had knowledge of the Chevron robbery and an attempted armed robbery involving a masked suspect on Dec. 29, 2012, at Kings Beach Liquors at 8645 North Lake Blvd., according to previous reports.
Authorities also connected the quartet to the stolen vehicle, which was involved in an accident in Tahoe Vista on Jan. 5, 2013.
One of the juveniles, 17, pleaded guilty and is serving his sentence in the Jan Evans Juvenile Justice Center, WCSO Det. Greg Sawyer said Friday.
The other juvenile has since turned 18, Sawyer said. Kevin Anguiano, of Incline Village, faces felony charges of robbery with a deadly weapon and grand larceny of an automobile.
Torres pleaded guilty to one grand larceny of an automobile charge and faces 1-6 years in prison; he will be sentenced at a later date, Sawyer said.
According to WCSO, Miranda-Rivas is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 7. He likely faces several years in prison.
The Placer County Sheriff's Office and California Highway Patrol assisted WCSO in the investigation.
"The successful prosecution of this violent crime was the result of an intense effort by staff from every division within the Sheriff's Office, along with our partner agencies, who are dedicated to fulfilling our commitment to provide for the safety and security of the public," WCSO Undersheriff Tim Kuzanek said in a statement.