San Rafael Woman Accused of Faking Armed Robbery in Immigration Visa Scheme
SAN RAFAEL, CA — A brazen armed robbery of young woman with her baby in January was actually a scheme to qualify for an immigration visa due to her status as a crime victim, San Rafael Police said Friday.
Police arrested Josselin Yuliana Rodas, 29, at her home in the Canal neighborhood on Thursday afternoon on suspicion of willful cruelty to a child, conspiracy and making a false police report. The allegations are in connection with the Jan. 4 incident in which Rodas and another woman alleged to be the victims of an armed robbery, San Rafael Police Spokeswoman Margot Rohrbacher said.
In the description of the incident given to police, a masked gunman approached Roda, her 16-month-old baby and another woman as they had exited the Mi Rancho Market at 90 Belvedere Street in the Canal neighborhood. As the women were placing the baby into her car seat and groceries in the trunk, the man demanded their purses and struck the mother in the head and the other woman in the knee with a handgun during a scuffle, Rohrbacher said. The suspect took both purses and tore a necklace off one of the victims before fleeing the area, she said. The 16-month-old baby was not injured.
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