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Suspected shoplifter pulls gun on loss prevention staff at Hesperia Target

Police found the gun inside a trash can at Baker's Restaurant

HESPERIA, Calif. ( — A man and woman were arrested after shoplifting from a major retail store and threatening employees with a handgun, officials said.

At approximately 3:16 pm, on Saturday, July 28, 2018, Hesperia Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the Target in the 12700 block of Main Street in regards to an armed robbery.

Sheriff’s Service Specialist Edgar Moran with the Hesperia Station said the suspect, later identified as Johnny Chavez Jr., 40, of Hesperia was shoplifting and when Target Loss Prevention attempted to detain him, Chavez reached into his waistband and pulled out a gun.

“Chavez then fled on foot to the Bakers Restaurant. Deputies surrounded the Bakers and Chavez was detained without incident,” stated Moran.

The gun brandished by Chavez was located at the bottom of a trash can inside the Baker’s men’s bathroom along with his white shirt.

As Chavez was being detained, his girlfriend, Julie Morgan, 33 of Hesperia, exited the Target with stolen items and was also detained without incident.

Both Chavez and Morgan were booked into High Desert Detention Center. Chavez for PC211 robbery and PC182(a)(1)- conspiracy to commit a crime.

Morgan was booked for PC182(a)(1) according to public arrest records she was released from custody and has no scheduled court apperance.

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