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September 19, 2012
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Robbery manhunt suspects in court

One of the defendants in a South County robbery that led to an hours-long manhunt pleaded no contest to second-degree robbery Tuesday.

His co-defendant, meanwhile, failed to appear for the scheduled preliminary hearing into the evidence in Nevada County Superior Court but later was arrested after the judge issued a $150,000 bench warrant.

Corey Locicero, 31, and Jordan Rose, 19, were arrested on June 14 after an alleged attempt to burglarize a home that led to an hours-long search.

The victim called 911 to report a burglary in progress on the 17000 block of River Ranch Road after the two men allegedly forced him to the ground, then stole keys to a vehicle and other personal property, before speeding off in a pickup truck.

An investigator with the county District Attorney’s Office spotted the truck and followed it, then tried to stop the vehicle and chased the two men into DarkHorse, a golf course development community off Combie Road. The suspects then drove onto a fairway, lost control and slid off a green into a bridge abutment, before fleeing toward the neighboring Lake of the Pines gated community.

Locicero eventually was spotted back on the DarkHorse golf course, tracked to the clubhouse and was arrested. Rose also was arrested.

In court Tuesday, Locicero took a plea agreement that carries a stipulated three years in state prison. Second-degree robbery is a strike offense, and he would only receive 15 percent credit for good behavior, Judge C. Anders Holmer told him.

Locicero previously had pleaded no contest to possessing a controlled substance for sale in relation to a drug arrest on Feb. 19. He will serve an additional eight months in that case, according to the plea agreement. Sentencing was set for Nov. 19 in both cases.

Rose, who previously had bailed out of county jail after being picked up on an earlier $75,000 warrant for failing to appear, was a no-show in court.

After Holmer issued a new bench warrant for $150,000, Rose was arrested. But because his attorney was no longer available, his preliminary hearing was vacated and will be rescheduled at a later date.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, email or call (530) 477-4229.

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The Union Updated Sep 20, 2012 02:19PM Published Sep 24, 2012 07:22AM Copyright 2012 The Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.