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Gas Station Robbery Suspect Arrested
updated: Jan 18, 2013, 4:53 PM

Source: Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department

The suspect wanted for robbing two gas stations in a row in December has been arrested. 23-year-old Federico Yepez, who has ties to both Santa Maria and Los Angeles, was taken into custody yesterday in Santa Maria by Sheriff's Detectives and Santa Maria Police Officers. The arrest comes after a lengthy investigation by Sheriff's Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Bureau and Special Investigations Bureau.

The Turnpike Shell Gas Station in Santa Barbara was robbed just before midnight on December 30th, 2012. Forty minutes later, the AM/PM in Carpinteria was robbed by a suspect matching the same description. In both cases, the suspect was armed with a small caliber firearm and robbed the gas station attendee at gun point.

The suspect was identified as Yepez and a warrant was obtained for his arrest. Yepez was spotted in the Santa Maria area Thursday and was taken into custody during a traffic stop near the intersection of Donovan and Broadway at 1:16 pm. Yepez was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail and is charged with two counts of armed robbery.

The investigation is ongoing and no further details are being released at this time. Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to call the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office Detective Bureau at (805) 681-4150 or the anonymous tip line at (805) 671-4171

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 COMMENT 365049 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 05:14 PM

Great Job Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office!


 COMMENT 365054P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 05:17 PM

Yes, good detective work all around. I wonder if Federico thinks it was worth it now? I also wonder, if found guilty, how much time he will do?


 COMMENT 365058 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 05:26 PM

Considering that murderers are getting 2 years, it will be interesting to see what sentence this scum gets.


 COMMENT 365062 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 05:31 PM

058: Murderers getting two years? Who/when was this?


 COMMENT 365089 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 06:56 PM

His homeys will be proud ayee.


 COMMENT 365100 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 07:25 PM

Great job sheriffs!


 COMMENT 365109 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 07:50 PM

Sure are a lot of criminals from out of town coming here.


 COMMENT 365115 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 08:17 PM

He would of gotten life without parole if he was found with pot at the time lol. Gotta justify the overcrowding somehow to get that jail


 COMMENT 365116 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 08:21 PM

Great work, Sheriff's Department! But are we not copy editing our press releases anymore? I guess AP or Chicago Style and punctuation is overrated.


 COMMENT 365166 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-19 03:14 AM

First report of the event can be found here:



 COMMENT 365190 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-19 07:48 AM

Very good investigative work. I frequent Turnpike Shell for the great car wash there and everyone there is friendly and good people. Shame on this perp for putting a loaded gun in anyones face. I hope you are locked up for many years—we don't need your kind around here.


 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-19 08:11 AM

Don't need that type around anywhere!


 COMMENT 365253 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-19 10:18 AM

That mustache would be considered awful even in Mustache March. Good lord.


 COMMENT 365365P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-19 06:50 PM

Send him packing!


 COMMENT 365461 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-20 08:32 AM

Deposit him in TJ


 COMMENT 365497 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-20 10:10 AM

He's so young and so foolishly messed up his young life. I hope he figures it out.


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