3-year, 8-month prisons terms in Nevada County robbery, manhunt case

Lake of the Pines chase and search for suspects galvanized a community to action
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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AUBURN CA - A robbery that escalated into a manhunt has resulted in three-year, eight-month prison terms for  two Nevada County men arrested after a search that covered parts of Lake of the Pines and the Darkhorse Golf Club.

Corey Locicero, 31, was sentenced on Monday in Nevada County Superior Court to a three-year term after pleading no-contest to a second-degree robbery charge. Eight months was added for a separate methamphetamine no-contest plea on a charge in a different case from earlier this year, Nevada County Deputy District Attorney James Phillips said Tuesday.

The second suspect – 19-year-old Jordan Rose – pleaded no contest to the same robbery charge and was sentenced to the same three-year prison term. He pleaded no contest to driving the vehicle involved in a chase that preceded the manhunt and was sentenced to an additional eight-month term, Phillips said.

The two were arrested June 14 after a manhunt that drew in the Lake of the Pines-area community when residents were notified through a reverse 9-1-1 call. The call was credited by authorities as a valuable tool in collaring the suspects.

The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office reported at the time of the arrest that Locicero and Rose went on the run in the morning after reportedly pushing a man to the ground and taking his keys. The robbery followed the report of a suspicious vehicle parked on River Ranch Road in south Nevada County. The victim was uninjured.

Spotted and followed by a Nevada County District Attorney’s Office investigator, the suspect vehicle drove onto the Dark Horse golf course and crashed into an embankment. The manhunt started after the two fled. They were in custody within three hours, after several sightings by Lake of the Pines residents and Darkhorse golfers.