Santa Rosa police arrest three suspects in 2011 robbery of armored car business

Nearly one year after armed and masked men pulled off a brazen robbery of an armored car company in Santa Rosa, three men were arrested on suspicion of conspiring in the heist.

Santa Rosa police took the men into custody Tuesday while making all-day raids at six homes and two businesses in and around Santa Rosa and as far afield as Cloverdale, police said.

Monico Dominguez, 39, is being held on $5 million bail at the Sonoma County Jail and faces eight felony charges, including kidnapping, robbery and conspiracy, according to arrest records.

His nephew Juan Domin-guez, 26, whose bail was set at $2 million, is being held on suspicion of conspiracy, attempted robbery and kidnapping. He also was being held in connection with an alleged probation violation stemming from a felony burglary conviction.

Officers also arrested Shawn Geernaert, 33, of Santa Rosa. He is suspected of conspiracy and possessing an assault weapon and was released from the Sonoma County Jail on Wednesday after posting a bond for his $10,000 bail.

Juan Dominguez was apprehended Tuesday in a dramatic SWAT team raid on a Cloverdale house that startled the usually quiet neighborhood, while Monico Dominguez and Geernaert, a cabinet maker, were pulled over separately while driving their cars in Santa Rosa.

None worked for Garda Armored Car Services, although detectives have not yet ruled out involvement from someone inside the company, Lt. Steve Bair said.

The late-night holdup took place Aug. 11, 2011, in a west Santa Rosa corporate center on Northpoint Parkway at an unmarked stucco office of Garda Cash Logistics, a branch of Montreal-based Garda World Security Corp.

Masked men with high-powered weapons slipped in behind an arriving armored car as it entered a gate, then disarmed two employees, tied them up and forced them to cooperate at gunpoint, police said.

They made off with a substantial amount of cash, although police and Garda officials declined to say how much.

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