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Thirsty bandit refuses to pay for soft drink, arrested for robbery at Victorville 7-Eleven

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Photo of the 7-Eleven on 7th Street in Victorville. (Gabriel D. Espinoza, Victor Valley News)

VICTORVILLE, Calif. ( — An alleged soda bandit who refused to pay after filling up his cup several times with a soft-drink was arrested for strong arm robbery, officials said.

The culprit, identified as 35-year-old Kenny Ray Gibson, was arrested on Sunday, August 5th, 2018, at about 7:10 p.m. at the 7-Eleven located at 14595 7th Street in Victorville.

Gibson went into the business and began filling up his cup with soda and drinking it at the beverage station, then proceeded to continue this process over and over, officials said.

According to Sheriff’s Spokeswoman Mara Rodriguez, “the employee told Gibson he had to pay for each soda, as was posted in the store.”

Rodriguez said Gibson became angry and grabbed the employee and shoved him into the counter. The employee managed to run behind the counter and grabbed a baseball bat so he could protect himself.

“Gibson ran after the employee, who hit Gibson with the bat in self-defense,” stated Rodriguez.

Deputies responded to the business arrested Gibson and booked him into the Adelanto Detention Center for PC211 Robbery. He is being held on a $100,000 bail and is scheduled for arraignment in a Victorville courtroom on August 7, 2018, according to public arrest records.

The 7-Eleven employee did not request medical attention.

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