Suspect in DMV robbery held in Virginia

cpride@losbanosenterprise.comSeptember 18, 2012 

An arrest has been made in the January armed robbery of the local DMV, police said.

Jason Moran, 20, of Stanislaus County was taken into custody after being discovered in Manassas, Va. He was arrested on suspicion of robbery and assault. Moran is being held at the Prince William Adult County Detention Center while he awaits extradition to Merced County.

Part of the investigation into the DMV robbery included Los Banos police detectives flying to Virginia to interview Moran about his involvement in the incident. A $300,000 warrant was subsequently issued.

“Our Detectives have invested an incredible amount of time in this investigation and have been determined to solve this case. They really have done a great job,” Cmdr. Ray Reyna Jr. said.

The incident occurred Jan. 31 at about 4:20 p.m. Witnesses said two men wearing black pants, black hooded sweaters and black ski masks entered the office at 814 L St. At least one of the men was armed with a gun. The robbers took an undisclosed sum of cash from employees. They were last seen running south from the building.

Police have not said whether they are pursuing a second suspect.

Enterprise reporter Corey Pride can be reached by phone at 388-6563, or by e-mail at

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