San Francisco Bay Area Violent Crime

Eric Vargas Alleged Armed Robbery Suspect Allegedly Linked to Multiple Robberies

One of the two suspects who arrested on Monday on suspicion of robbing two pharmacies at gunpoint in Livermore has now been linked to a series of other robberies in Fremont, Castro Valley and Pleasanton, police said.

Suspects Eric Vargas, 43, and Jesus Aguilar, 23, both of East Palo Alto, were arrested Monday on suspicion of robbing a Rite Aide Pharmacy at 968 Murrieta Blvd. at about 10:45 a.m. on Monday and another Rite Aide Pharmacy at 1380 North Vasco Road at about 12:01 p.m. on Monday, according to police.

When officers arrived at the scene they learned that one of the suspects fled in the direction of Leo Croce Elementary School at 5650 Scenic Ave., police said.

Although there was no information leading police to believe the suspect entered the school, they had the school go into lockdown as a precaution. The school was on lockdown for about 30 minutes, police said. When officers arrived, they were advised that the suspect may have entered a silver sport utility vehicle and fled the area.

Officers later located and stopped the vehicle and arrested Vargas and Aguilar on suspicion of armed robbery, conspiracy, drugs, and weapons-related charges and enhancements, according to police. Livermore police investigators confirmed that Aguilar likely committed armed robberies of other pharmacies in other cities and he’s been linked so far to three robberies in Fremont which occurred on Feb. 27, March 1 and March 9, authorities said.

Aguilar has also been linked to robberies in Castro Valley and Pleasanton that occurred on Monday, just prior to the two Livermore robberies that day, according to police. Livermore police said officers have recovered the gun they believe was used in the robberies as well as other evidence from the suspects’ vehicle.

They said the case remains under investigation. Livermore police thanked a community member for providing them with a description of the suspects’ vehicle. They said that piece of information was very helpful in quickly apprehending the suspects.

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