Seven people, mostly juveniles, were arrested in connection with an armed robbery in Palm Desert, a sheriff’s sergeant said Sunday.
The stick up happened at 9:45 p.m. Friday near the intersection of Ocotillo Drive and Tumbleweed Lane when two teens — one armed with a handgun — approached the victim and demanded money, Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Francisco Velasco said.
The victim was not injured and the suspects fled in a vehicle northbound on Ocotillo Drive, he said.
Deputies later spotted the getaway vehicle driving east on Highway 111 in Indian Wells and pulled it over.
Velasco said authorities were able to arrest six of the vehicle’s occupants but a seventh ran into the Indian Wells Country Club.
“After a containment perimeter was established, the seventh subject was apprehended,” Velasco said.
Jaime Vasquez-Garcia, 19 of Indio, was booked into the Indio Jail on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery and second-degree robbery. He was released Saturday after posting $30,000 bail, according to jail records.
The names of the remaining six juveniles were withheld, but range in age from 15 to 17 years old.
They were booked into juvenile hall in Indio on suspicion of robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery, Velasco said.
–City News Service
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