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Man denied alcohol returns with rifle, fights BJ’s restaurant manager in Victorville

VICTORVILLE, Calif. ( — A man who was denied the sale of alcohol at BJ’s Restuarant returned with a concealed assault rifle and fought with the store manager before firing a round, officials said.

It happened on December 29, 2018, at about 1:15 am, Victorville deputies responded to the 11600 block of Amargosa Road reference a man with at Bj’s Restaurant.

According to a sheriff’s news release, deputies arriving at the scene discovered the suspect, identified as Francisco Felix, 32, of Hesperia, was dining at the restaurant and had been denied the purchase of alcohol because he did not have identification.

“The suspect went to his vehicle and returned to the restaurant with an assault rifle concealed in a blanket. The suspect brandished the weapon at the manager and a struggle ensued between the two men. The men ended up in front of the restaurant and during the altercation, a single round was discharged from the rifle into the ground,” stated the release.

Police say the suspect fled from the location prior to their arrival. No injuries were sustained during the incident, officials said.

Through investigation, deputies gathered information about Felix and served a search warrant at his home in the 11500 block of Balsam Ave in Hesperia where he was arrested without incident.

“Deputies recovered the riffle used in the crime, two extended capacity magazines, methamphetamine, and other paraphernalia associated with the sales of drugs,” officials said.

Felix, who is a convicted felon, was booked at High Desert Detention Center for assault with a firearm, felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of ammunition, possession of a controlled substance while armed, carrying a loaded firearm in public, illegal possession of an assault weapon, and possession of a short barrel rifle. He is scheduled to appear in Victorville Superior Court on January 2, 2019. 

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact the Victorville Police Department at (760) 241-2911 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 information on the We-Tip website at

BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse in Victorville
BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse in Victorville (Photo by Hugo C. Valdez, Victor Valley News)

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