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Suspect, 16, shoots himself in the leg during botched robbery in Apple Valley; 3 teens arrested

APPLE VALLEY, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Three 16-year-old teens are now facing robbery and attempted murder charges after allegedly using social media to lure the victim into a botched robbery in Apple Valley.

It happened on Monday, September 16, 2019, at about 12:26 am when deputies were dispatched to the report of an unknown problem in the 20000 block of Sitting Bull Road.

Deputies arrived on scene and learned the victim, had arrived at the location to meet a 20-year-old female that he had befriended on social media. The female, however, was later identified to be the 16-year-old suspect, officials said.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jackie Alban said, “the victim entered the garage of the location and was immediately confronted by two 16-year-old male suspects, after which an altercation ensued. Both male juveniles brandished a firearm and fired several rounds toward the victim. One of the male juveniles proceeded to strike the victim in the head with the firearm. During the altercation, one of the male juvenile suspects shot himself in the leg.”

Both firearms were recovered at the scene by deputies and processed into evidence.

The male juvenile suspect was transported to St. Mary Medical Center and was airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center for the gunshot wound to his leg and is in stable condition.

The victim, a 25-year-old Apple Valley man, was also transported to St. Mary Medical Center for lacerations to his head and is in stable condition. 

“During the investigation, it was discovered the female juvenile suspect and one of the male juvenile suspects were reported as run-away juveniles,” stated Alban.

One male juvenile suspect was taken into custody and transported to High Desert Juvenile Detention Center for violating PC664/187, attempt murder, and PC211, robbery.

The second male juvenile suspect remains hospitalized. The female juvenile suspect was taken into custody and transported to High Desert Juvenile Detention Center for violating PC32, conspiracy.  

Officials said only one of the 16-year-old male suspects is a resident of Apple Valley, the second male suspect is a resident of Downey, and the female suspect is a resident of Pomona.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact Deputy Loup or Deputy Rollins at the Apple Valley Police Department at (760) 240-7400 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 www.wetip.com.

20000 block of Sitting Bull Road in Apple Valley (image google maps)
20000 block of Sitting Bull Road in Apple Valley (image google maps)

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