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Police arrest gang member for Apple Valley Staples armed robbery



APPLE VALLEY, Calif. ( A 27-year-old documented gang member accused of robbing an Apple Valley Staples at gunpoint is in custody, officials confirmed.

It happened Sunday night when deputies responded to the Staples store at 19201 Bear Valley Road in Apple Valley regarding a robbery.

“When deputies arrived, they learned the suspect selected multiple items from the store and during contact with the cashier, brandished a firearm and ordered the cashier to give him a laptop computer,” sheriff’s officials said in a news release.

The suspect grabbed the stolen property and fled the scene in a dark-colored vehicle.

Through investigation, deputies identified Joseph Soto, a documented gang member, as the suspect. Soto was arrested during a search warrant at his Victorville residence. He was found to be in possession of stolen property, officials said.

Soto was booked into High Desert Detention Center for robbery and a gang allegation and is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.