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3 Suspects in Shell Armed Robbery Arrested

VICTORVILLE, Calif. ( Three men involved in a gas station robbery that resulted in a female clerk being struck over the head with a gun have been arrested.

The armed robbery at the Shell gas station at the corner of Bear Valley Road and US Highway 395 was reported in the early morning hours on December 29, 2016.

Sheriff’s officials say two adult male suspects entered the business, one carrying a shotgun. The suspects took cash and lottery scratchers and fled the location in a waiting vehicle being driven by another male.

After extensive research that included interviews with several parties, reviewing video surveillance footage from various locations, and obtaining information from California Lottery officials, detectives from the Victorville Police Department were able to identify all three suspects.

All three men were booked at High Desert Detention Center for robbery and conspiracy to commit a crime.

Shawn Lemont Benn, 27, and Brandon Mickens, both residents of Victorville, were arrested on February 23, 2017, in the 14200 block of Amargosa Road in Victorville.

The third suspect, Jay Leslie Knowles, a transient, was arrested on March 8, 2017. According to public arrest records, Knowles was released on March 10th and has no scheduled court appearance.

Suspects Benn and Mickens are currently being held in lieu of a $100,000 bail and are scheduled to be arraigned on March 13, 2017.

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


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