A 30-year-old probationer suspected of robbing and attempting to rob multiple people in and around Perris over a two-hour span was behind bars Thursday.

Byron Alexander Maquiz of Perris was arrested and booked into the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta Wednesday on suspicion of robbery, attempted robbery, possession of a sawed-off shotgun and probation violations.

Maquiz is being held on $1 million bail.

According to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, between 5:40 p.m. and 7:40 p.m. Wednesday, the suspect allegedly targeted an unspecified number of people in various locations, brandishing a firearm and demanding money.

Sgt. Rich Boyd alleged that the robbery series ended in the 400 block of South G Street, with the suspect fleeing the location.

“An extensive search of the area was conducted, and deputies located the suspect in his vehicle in the 600 block of Indian Hills Circle,” Boyd said.

Maquiz matched the description provided by victims and was taken into custody without incident.

No injuries to the victims were reported.

Jail records showed that Maquiz has recent prior convictions, but they weren’t specified.

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