Suspect also charged with being a gang member

A Taft teen was one of two suspects arrested in connection with an armed robbery in Lamont Sunday

Kern County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a robbery in progress.

Upon arrival, a Sheriff's spokesman said, they discovered two suspects assaulted a man near a taco stand, chased him to a nearby restaurant and stole his cell phone.

A citizen was driving by and saw the crime in progress and called for help.

Deputies circulated the area for the suspects and later located Julian Olide, 18,of Taft and Danny Delk, 18 of Lamont.

Both suspects are active members of a criminal street gang, the spokesman said.  With the help of the citizen witness, both men were positively identified as the offenders.

Both suspects were arrested for robbery and participation in a criminal street gang and booked at the Kern County central receiving facility.