HESPERIA, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Sheriff’s officials confirmed two separate AMPM gas stations were robbed at gunpoint less than two hours apart early Tuesday morning.
The first robbery happened at the Arco AMPM at 15730 Roy Rogers Drive in Victorville at about 3:40 am, on, July 3, 2018. Sheriff’s spokeswoman Mara Rodriguez said the victim reported there were two male subjects involved. She also confirmed no one has been detained or arrested and Victorville detectives are actively investigating the call.
The second robbery reported at about 5:00 am, occurred at the Arco AMPM at 12750 Main Street, just west of the I-15 freeway in Hesperia.
Victor Valley News contacted the Hesperia Sheriff’s Station Spokeswoman Jackie Chambers requesting additional information and received the following response:
“Hesperia Detectives are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at the location. This will be an ongoing investigation, no suspects in custody. No further information at this time.”
A 24-year-old Oak Hills man who was paying for items inside the gas station found himself in danger when he was suddenly in the middle of an armed robbery with a gun pointed directly at him. He shared his encounter with Victor Valley News .
According to the anonymous customer, he was on his way to work when he stopped at the business to grab coffee and ice. As he stood at the counter preparing to pay he heard the door open but didn’t think anything of it. Seconds later, the voice of a male was heard demanding the employee to open the cash register.
“I looked over, he cocked the gun, put it up to me and told me to back up and don’t make any sudden movements and made the cashier open up the cash register and took the money,” stated the customer.
The customer said there were two suspects involved in the crime both of them described as African-American Males last seen running towards the Motel 6. One suspect was described as wearing a bandana across his face while the other suspect wore a ski mask.
The latest string of robberies in the High Desert signifies an uptick in crime happening in the local Victor Valley.
On June 29, 2018, Hesperia Sheriff’s Station deputies responded to the Chase branch at 12731 Main Street after receiving information of an armed robbery at the bank. The suspect slipped a teller a note demanding money and fled the location with an unknown amount of cash.
While at the scene of the bank robbery an employee of a neighboring business informed a VVNG photographer that Menchie’s and Oasis Sushi, located side-by-side and in the same shopping center as the Chase branch, had also been burglarized just hours before the bank robbery.
Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jackie Chambers provided the following response to an email requesting additional details on those burglaries. “Yes both businesses were confirmed window smashes, the case is still being investigated by the detective, no further information at this time.”
On June 22, 2018, employees inside the Wienerschnitzel at 12951 Bear Valley Road in Victorville were preparing to close the restaurant when an unidentified armed suspect walked in. Surveillance video obtained by Victor Valley News shows the suspect aim the handgun at a young male employee mopping the floor. The suspect than walk’s over to the register threatens the female employee before reaching over the counter and taking an unknown amount of cash from the register. The suspect was last seen wearing a blue long sleeve hoodie and dark-colored sweatpants.
Sheriff’s officials have not responded to an email request for additional information sent on the day of the armed robbery.
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