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Baby Found in Attempted Robbery Getaway Car; 3 Arrested

APPLE VALLEY, Calif. ( Three would-be robbers are facing several charges including child endangerment after authorities located a baby inside their getaway vehicle.

The attempted armed robbery was reported just after 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at Grand Liquor at 15355 Rancherias Road in Apple Valley.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputies from the Apple Valley Station were flagged down regarding three black male adults being in possession of a firearm in front of the liquor store, officials said.

Upon arrival, deputies located Edward Johnson, 28, a resident of Apple Valley outside of the store in possession of a handgun.

Inside the store were Jayquan Crittenden, 28, of Victorville and Phillip Smith, 27, of Apple Valley preparing to steal items.

All three of the suspects were taken into custody without incident.

The getaway vehicle, a silver Cadillac sedan was parked directly in front of the doors to the business. During the investigation, Johnson’s baby was located inside his vehicle.

Johnson, Crittenden and Smith were arrested, transported and booked into the High Desert Detention Center for Child Endangerment, Attempted Robbery and Possession of a Firearm.

The Apple Valley Sheriff’s Station – Detective Division is conducting the investigation. San Bernardino County Children’s and Family Services were notified of the incident and the baby was returned to the mother.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Detectives Dutra and Lopez at the Apple Valley Sheriff’s Station (760) 240-7400. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to contact the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463) or the We-Tip website at

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