2 men to stand trial in Vacaville U-Haul robbery

By From page A3 | August 09, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Two men accused of robbing two employees at gunpoint at a Vacaville U-Haul shop in January were ordered Friday to stand trial for felony armed robbery and assault charges.

Michael J. Delacruz, 18, and Joshua Davenport, 34, an ex-con with a long, violent criminal history, drove into the East Monte Vista Avenue dealership with an unidentified third man on the evening of Jan. 5 to complain about a trailer Davenport and his wife Jessika had rented a few hours earlier for a one-way move to Waskom, Texas, a small town on the Texas-Louisiana border.

A brief discussion Davenport had with an employee was interrupted by Davenport pulling a gun and aiming it at the employee, according to police. Delacruz and the third man then walked up to the only other employee in the shop, with one of them pointing a gun at the employee’s head, according to testimony at a probable cause hearing.

The three fled the shop, but not before Davenport allegedly took the employee’s wallet and identification, telling him he better not tell police about his earlier visit to the store because now he knew where he lived and would get him.

Both employees recognized Davenport from his earlier visit at the shop, so police had little trouble tracking down the trailer rental history, which led to Jessika Davenport’s apartment in Suisun City. By the time authorities knocked on the apartment door, it was already vacated.

The day after the robbery, Vacaville police were notified that one of the employee’s credit cards had been used at an Oakland gas station. A short time later, Vacaville police had surveillance camera video showing Delacruz buying gas with the credit card before he was dropped off at a Bay Area Rapid Transit station in Fremont.

After his arrest, Delacruz told police he had gone with Joshua Davenport to the U-Haul shop but had just “done what he was told to do.”

Five days after the robbery, Vacaville police and a local police SWAT team found the Davenports at a Gilroy hotel. Jessika Davenport was arrested for allegedly being an accessory to a felony after the crime. Police said they found a gun in their motel room and another gun in their vehicle in the motel’s parking lot.

All three suspects were ordered to return to court Aug. 22 to be arraigned on their charges. Delacruz is out of custody after posting $250,000 bail a few days after his arrest. Jessika Davenport is free on $15,000 bail while Joshua Davenport remains behind bars.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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