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2 arrested in West Hollywood liquor store robbery that led sheriff's deputy to mistakenly shoot at clerk [Updated]

October 8, 2010 |  9:20 pm

Two suspects have been arrested in the armed robbery of a West Hollywood liquor store, sheriff’s detectives announced Friday. The case had attracted extra attention because a sheriff's deputy fired eight shots early Sunday at a man he believed was one of the robbers but quickly learned was the clerk.Map shows report of robbery in Crime L.A., the Times' interactive crime database. Click for more details about crime in West Hollywood

The clerk was not hit, and the robbers escaped at the time, authorities said.

A 17-year-old Los Angeles male, who was not identified because he is a juvenile, was arrested Wednesday. On Friday night, his alleged female accomplice, Ronni Ronisha Reed, 20, of Palmdale, was taken into custody.

They were arrested in connection with the robbery early Sunday of the Carmel Liquor store on Santa Monica Boulevard. The suspects' faces were captured on video images by a store security camera.

The male robber pointed a semiautomatic pistol at the clerk’s face and both were seen taking money from the register drawer, authorities said.
Sheriff's officials said the 17-year-old has admitted being a gang member and has been implicated in several other robberies in the last month, including robberies in Artesia and Norwalk.

[Update 11:45 p.m.: Read about the clerk's experience: Eight reasons to be thankful deputy isn't a crack shot]

-- Larry Gordon