Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures

Vasquez. Daring Robbery Near Camulos.
Los Angeles Evening Express (newspaper),
Los Angeles, Cal.

Thursday, October 23, 1873.
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    About a week ago a report was contradicted in this city to the effect that a daring highway robbery had been committed north of this city. We now learn from a gentleman who lives near Lyon's station, that there was truth in the report. Last Friday week, as Wm. Levanston was riding along the road near the Camulos ranch, he was suddenly set upon from the bushes by four men—three Mexicans and one American. They seized his horse and forced him to dismount. They then tied him to a tree and took $175 in coin from him. His watch they returned to him, saying they could do nothing with it. They also took a horse he was leading. One of the Mexicans —whom he particularly noted, because he was the harshest of the band—answers the description of Vasquez.
    An old gentleman who lives at Santa Paula, on the Santa Clara, who knows Vasquez well, but under one of his aliases, says that he was in a store at that place a few days ago, when four men entered. He recognized Vasquez and approaching him greeted him with "Hallo, Cornelio!" whereupon all the rest at once felt for their pistols. But Vasquez raised his hand and pre­vented bloodshed. He then told the old man that he would let no harm happen to him; but he must be careful in future how he recog­nized him in company.
    Mr. Joe Miller, of Ivanpah, whose family lives at San Buenaventura, and who knows Vasquez, says that he has no doubt that he has been in that town within the past two weeks, from descriptions of a suspicious personage, given him by native friends of his. Vasquez has evidently made his headquarters in Little Rock Canon and sallies from there on little professional expeditions through the large belt of country which his excellent situation commands.

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