VICTORVILLE – A Victorville and Ontario man were arrested for several charges connected with the robbery of the Caleb Jeweler, located inside the Hi-Desert Indoor Swap Meet.
On Thursday, September 20, 2018, deputies from the Victorville station responded to a robbery at the jewelry store located in the 14600 block of 7th Street in the City of Victorville. The reporting party said that two male suspects stole a watch and fled the location in a Nissan Sentra. A deputy noticed a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle description on Mojave Drive as it was entering the southbound 15 freeway.
The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver, later identified as Lamar Griffin, a 20-year-old Victorville transient, continued on. The pursuit continued through streets and on the freeway. The suspect driver exited on University Parkway, in San Bernardino. The suspect rear-ended a Toyota 4Runner in the intersection of Kendall Drive and University Parkway. Griffin and the second suspect, Darrell Muhammed-Knight, 20, of Ontario, fled on foot. The two were caught by deputies and taken into custody. It was learned that the Nissan was stolen on July 30, 2018, out of the City of Highland.
A 17-year-old female was located inside the Nissan. Through investigation, the deputies determined that she was not aware of the suspects’ intentions when she accepted a ride from them. When she became aware of the robbery, she asked the suspects to let her out of the vehicle but they refused.
Lamar Griffin was arrested and booked at High Desert Detention Center for Robbery, Kidnapping, Child Cruelty, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Evading a Police Officer with Disregard for Safety, and Violating Parole. Darrell Muhammed-Knight was arrested and booked at the West Valley Detention Center for Robbery, Kidnapping, and Child Cruelty. Griffin who was out on Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail. Muhammed-Knight is also being held in lieu of $250,000 bail.
Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact the Victorville Police Department at (760) 241-2911. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.
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