Santa Cruz Police Detectives have identified Jorge Huante as the suspect in an armed robbery at Sylvan Music on Tuesday March 2, 2010. Detectives followed up on a number of leads, including a cell phone that was dropped by the suspect as he was fleeing the crime. The cell phone was recovered and turned over to the store by neighborhood resident. In addition to this robbery, Mr. Huante was also identified as the suspect in a string of crimes dating back to February 20, 2010. The details are as follow:
* On February 20, 2010, Mr. Huante entered the Valero gas station at 2202 Mission Street. Mr. Huante waited in line with other customers. When he reached the front of the line, Mr. Huante used a ruse to get the clerk to open the register. Mr. Huante then reached over the counter and took the cash drawer from the register. Mr. Huante had to struggle with the clerk to gain control of the cash drawer. He was eventually successful and was able to get away with the drawer. Mr. Huante was identified by officers that viewed video surveillance of the crime.
* On March 1, 2010, Mr. Huante entered the Offshore Music Store at 926 Soquel Avenue. Mr. Huante showed particular interest in a bass guitar. Eventually, Mr. Huante grabbed the guitar and fled the store to an awaiting getaway car. Mr. Huante yelled threats at the employees as they pursued him. Mr. Huante was eventually traced to the getaway car which was registered to another person associated with Mr. Huante.
* On March 2, 2010, Mr. Huante entered the Sylvan Music Store at 1521 Mission Street. Mr. Huante asked about a particular vintage electric guitar. Mr. Huante left the store and returned shortly afterwards armed with a handgun. Mr. Huante took the guitar from the store at gunpoint.
Mr. Huante should be considered armed and dangerous. His string of crimes is increasing in brazenness and aggression. Additionally, Mr. Huante has armed himself with a handgun while committing his latest crime. The Santa Cruz Police Department has obtained a warrant for Mr. Huante’s arrest charging Armed Robbery and Grand Theft. The warrant has a bail amount of $100,000. Please call the Fugitive Watch hot line at 1-800-9-CAUGHT (1-800-922-8448) or text us at 408-355-0999 or CLICK HERE to send a confidential email tip, if you know where this man is or have any information that can help solve these crimes.