Police: Machete wielding robbers arrested

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) Two teens have been arrested after police said they used a machete to rob a mini-mart on Valhalla Drive and then robbed someone leaving a laundry room at a nearby apartment complex.

The first robbery happened just before 7 p.m. Saturday at the Ready Go Market. Police said 18-year-old Ricardo Sanchez Jr. pulled out a large machete while arguing with the store's owner and struck him, causing a large cut to his right hand. The store owner was taken by ambulance to a hospital for treatment.

After running from the market, police said the teens encountered a second victim in the laundry room of an apartment complex on McDonald Way and used the machete to get the person to hand over money.

Police found Sanchez a short time later riding a bicycle in the area and arrested him. Officers said Sanchez was in possession of the loss from the second robbery. The 14-year-old was found a short time later and taken to Juvenile Hall to face robbery and assault charges.

Anyone who may have witnessed either offense is asked to call the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111.