Man Arrested for Stealing a Purse From Elderly Woman ; Pregnant Woman Getaway Driver

LOMA LINDA – Clear color video surveillance helped to lead deputies to the identification and arrest of the subjects involved in stealing a purse from a 70-year-old woman. On Wednesday evening, the elderly woman was loading groceries into her vehicle in the Walmart parking lot located on Barton Road and Mountain View Avenue in Loma Linda. Suddenly, a Hispanic man approached the woman and before she knew it he pulled her purse from her grasp and fled on foot. A few witnesses saw what had just taken place and went to help the frazzled woman.

The suspect, later identified as a 23-year-old San Bernardino resident, Ross Baltierra got into the passenger seat of an older green 4-door Toyota Corolla with distinctive features and a visible license plate. The vehicle was driven from the scene by a Hispanic woman, later identified as 20-year-old San Bernardino resident, Jessica Estrada. With a small child in the back seat, Estrada drove the vehicle away from the scene erratically, officials said.

Central Station deputies arrived to conduct an investigation and were able to obtain surveillance footage, witness statements, a victim statement and were able to identify the suspects involved in the crime. The following evening the suspects and vehicle were located and were arrested. Estrada, due to a medical condition with her pregnancy, was released and the report with her involvement will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s office for further review and filing.

Baltierra, according to authorities has an extensive violent criminal history and is a known gang member. He was also currently on probation for a carjacking conviction. Baltierra was booked into the West Valley Detention Center for strong armed robbery, elder abuse, and probation violation.

The property was returned to the elderly victim. Anyone with information regarding this crime, or other crimes involving these suspects, is urged to contact the Central Station at (909)387-3545.

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