A man and his girlfriend were behind bars Friday on suspicion of robbing a Moreno Valley resident during a private sale involving goods advertised via the internet.
Anthony Michael Martinez, 20, and Bridgette Aurora Aguirre, 25, both of San Bernardino, were arrested Thursday and booked on suspicion of robbery, conspiracy, child endangerment and receiving stolen property. Martinez was additionally booked for alleged firearm assault.
Both defendants are being held in lieu of $35,000 bail — Martinez at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta and Aguirre at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside.
According to Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Robert Martinez, the suspects made contact with a man selling items via the OfferUp app and arranged to meet him Thursday morning for a purchase in the 24000 block of Rimview Road, near Sunnymead Ranch Parkway.
The sergeant alleged that moments after the suspects arrived to complete the transaction, Martinez leveled a handgun at the victim and snatched the items, then he and Aguirre sped away.
Investigators said the pair’s 2-year-old child was in the car at the time.
The unnamed victim, who was not injured, contacted the Sheriff’s Department, and detectives quickly developed leads pointing to the suspects as the alleged perpetrators. They were located four hours later in the 22000 block of Town Circle in Moreno Valley, where they were allegedly attempting to arrange another purchase, according to investigators.
They were taken into custody without incident, and the toddler was placed in the care of county Child Protective Services staff.
No background information was available on either suspect.
Sheriff’s officials recommended that anyone conducting private sales arranged via the internet meet at designated “safe exchange” locations, such as the one in the parking lot of the Moreno Valley sheriff’s station at 22850 Calle San Juan De Los Lagos.
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