APPLE VALLEY, Ca. – A 22-year-old Hesperia man was arrested for a recent string of robberies in the Town of Apple Valley, City of Victorville, and City of Adelanto.
On Monday, March 1, 2020, at around 9:35 p.m., deputies from the Apple Valley Station responded to the report of a robbery at the Chevron Gas Station located at 13601 Apple Valley Road in the Town of Apple Valley. When they arrived witnesses reported that a Hispanic man took a case of beer from the store. The clerk attempted to stop him, but the suspect pointed a gun at him and left the location with the beer. The store clerk said that he left in a gray Dodge Challenger.
Shortly after, at 9:42 p.m. on Monday, March 1, 2020, Grand Liquor located at 15355 Rancherias Road in the Town of Apple Valley was robbed also by a Hispanic man. The suspect attempted to steal a case of beet and pointed a similar gun at the store clerk when he took the beer back from the suspect. The suspect vehicle was described as a gray Dodge Challenger. Three other similar robberies were reported, two in Adelanto and one in Victorville, the same night. During all of the robberies, the suspect brandished a similar gun and demanded money from the gas stations. The suspect and his vehicle were all five of the robberies was described similarly.
Video surveillance at the locations was reviewed and a license plate number was obtained. The driver was subsequently identified as Gabriel Vasquez. Information was disseminated to surrounding agencies, and it was learned that Vasquez had been arrested in the San Pedro area of Los Angeles on two counts of armed robbery on March 3, 2020. A warrant for the arrest of Vasquez was obtained; he will be transported to San Bernardino County upon his release from Los Angeles County.
Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact the Detective Division at the Apple Valley Police Department at (760) 240-7400, Victorville Police Department at (760) 241-2911, the Adelanto Police Department at (760) 552-6800 or Sheriff’s Dispatch at (760) 956-5001. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463), or you may leave the information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.
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