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Mother-Son Arrested After Robbery at Victorville AMPM: Teenager’s Shoes Taken at Gunpoint

VICTORVILLE, Calif. – A mother and her 17-year-old son, who carried out a robbery that targeted a young teenager inside an AMPM gas station, were both identified and arrested.

It happened on Monday, January 26, 2024, at 1:20 p.m., at the AM/PM on Bear Valley Road and Amethyst Road.

The unsuspecting young person walked into the shop to buy snacks, oblivious to the fact that someone had been tailing him since he left school. The suspect following him was dropped off at the store by the suspect’s mother in a white SUV.

Store surveillance showed the unsuspecting victim was confronted and demanded to hand over his shoes. Initially believing it to be a prank, the teenager hesitated until the suspect displayed a handgun. In fear for his safety, the victim handed over his shoes, and the suspect fled the scene.

Through investigation, deputies learned the mother played a crucial role in the crime, serving as the getaway driver.

Deputies were alerted and promptly responded to the scene of the crime, where Deputy K. Robinson of the Victorville Police Department conducted the investigation, which quickly led to the identification of the getaway vehicle and the culprits involved.

After executing a search warrant at the suspects’ residence in Victorville on January 31, 2024, evidence associated with the robbery was discovered.

The investigation by Deputy Robinson further uncovered that Crystal Buenrostro, 32, the juvenile’s mother, had not only driven her son to and from the crime location but had also conspired with him in planning the robbery, authorities said.

Both suspects were taken into custody, with the teenage suspect being confined at High Desert Juvenile Hall and Buenrostro held at High Desert Detention Center. Buenrostro has since posted bail and was released on February 2, 2024.

The mother was charged with the following;

PC 182 – Conspiracy
PC 211 – Robbery
PC 273A – Child Endangerment
PC 272(A)(1) – Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor

The Victorville Police Department urges anyone with additional information regarding this crime to step forward and contact them at 760-241-2911 or to reach out anonymously through We-Tip at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or their website.

Deputy K. Robinson can also be contacted directly at 909-805-4803, with reference to case # 172401133.


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