A 22-year-old Perris resident was arrested Tuesday, Feb. 22, after what the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said was a three-county robbery spree.
Jesus Valencia was booked on suspicion of robbery and negligent discharge of a firearm. He was being held at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga in lieu of $100,000 bail.
The string of robberies began with holdups in Norco and Corona, the sheriff’s news release said.
Then at 9:47 a.m., a witness reported that a man tried to steal an elderly woman’s purse at the Rite Aid at 4200 Chino Hills Parkway in Chino Hills. When the victim refused to let go, the robber fired a shot into the ground before driving away, the release said.
Valencia, the release said, then held up someone else in West Covina. Investigators from several agencies shared information and determined that Valencia was likely in El Monte. There, police pulled over Valencia’s car. Investigators found evidence of the robberies, including a pistol, the release said.
Investigators ask anyone with information on the robberies to call Vicente Quiroz at the Chino Hills station at 909-364-2000. Information may also be left anonymously on the WeTip hotline at 800-782-7463 or on the WeTip website at wetip.com.