Attorney robbed at gunpoint in Lancaster, suspect caught

24-year-old Jorge Quinones was arrested for robbery around 7:30 p.m. Saturday. (Photo courtesy LASD)

LANCASTER – A Riverside County attorney was robbed at gunpoint of his wallet and iPhone Saturday night in Lancaster, authorities said. Less than an hour later, deputies caught and arrested the suspected thief – identified as 24-year-old Jorge Quinones.

Quinones had the attorney’s stolen property, as well as items stolen from a recent robbery in Palmdale, authorities said.

Quinones was jailed for robbery on $100,000 bail. The following is the press report from the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau.

An attorney became the victim of robbery this weekend, while walking in the 43600 Block of Sierra Vista Drive in Lancaster.

At a quarter before 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 25, 2012, as the unsuspecting victim talked on his iPhone, he saw a man sitting in a truck parked on the same side of the street wave him over.

Deputies recovered the victim’s wallet and other stolen items after detaining Quinones.

The victim walked over to the suspect’s truck, a burgundy Chevrolet Silverado with paper plates, to see what he wanted.

When the victim approached the truck, the suspect brandished a black pistol, and demanded the victim’s iPhone and wallet. Fearing for his safety, the victim relinquished his iPhone and wallet to the suspect.

The suspect fled the location in the truck with the stolen items. The victim attempted to follow the suspect to no avail.

Lancaster Sheriff’s Station deputies Doty and Whalen heard the robbery in progress call broadcast over their sheriff’s radio and began searching for the suspect. The deputies found the suspect lying underneath his vehicle, parked in the residential neighborhood of the 3800 Block of West Avenue K-14.

The deputies detained the suspect and subsequently recovered the victim’s stolen property.

In addition to the victim’s recovered property, deputies located property stolen during the commission of a robbery the week prior in Palmdale.

A black BB gun concealed in the dashboard of the suspect’s vehicle was also recovered.

The suspect was identified as Jorge Quinones, male, 24, resident of Downey.

He was arrested for robbery, booked at Lancaster Sheriff’s Station, and is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.


UPDATED 8/27/2012: Jorge Quinones is also suspected of robbing a teenager at gunpoint in the parking lot of Medrano’s Mexican restaurant on Aug. 20, authorities have confirmed.

“They are looking at him for that robbery and they will most definitely charge him with that robbery as well,” said Palmdale Community Relations deputy Robbie Royster. Read more on that robbery here.

Robbery location.

  19 comments for “Attorney robbed at gunpoint in Lancaster, suspect caught

  1. mike
    August 28, 2012 at 9:14 am

    This dude was captured without the eye in the sky or pie in the sky or whatever it is called. Good work, deputies.

  2. Javier Gomez
    August 27, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    DNA gone wrong.

  3. sikntired
    August 27, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Hmm – drug buy gone awry or just stupid?

    • Matt K.
      August 27, 2012 at 5:09 pm

      Was the robbery at Medrano’s in QH a “drug buy gone awry” too?

    • ryenisha jackson
      August 28, 2012 at 6:11 pm

      to bad there isnt a like button for this ^^^^^^^

      • ryenisha jackson
        August 28, 2012 at 6:13 pm

        ment @ sikntired

    • ryenisha jackson
      August 28, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      @ the drug buy gone wrong…he should have thought it out more lol

  4. HM
    August 27, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    when will people learn to stop walking around with your fancy phones flashed you not read the news? thats what these scummy criminals are looking for….doesnt sound like a very bright lawyer..approaching a car like that! dumbassss

    • S. Parker
      August 27, 2012 at 5:23 pm

      How in good conscience can you attempt to blame the victim for this? An iPhone like any other mobile phone was created to be used. So you are not to use your phone in public for fear of it being stolen? Then what is the sense of having a phone?

      And for those of you who rush to conclude that drugs are somehow involved, with no evidence whatsoever of that being the case, I pray you are never in this same situation and find yourself on the receiving end of nasty accusations from a callous public…

  5. ryenisha jackson
    August 26, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    jeez its so hard for them to get there own iphone that they have to steal it then they blame the mayor?? how is it his fault that they dont understand english to get a job let alone to damn lazy to get one its much easier to steal then to work lol but then again when you have teenage moms having babys and living on welfare supporting there own partying. then I guess you get ppl like this… such a shame

    • Juan
      September 10, 2012 at 9:05 pm

      No need to stereotype. In case you weren’t aware of some facts, this it only does he speak English and he is also a us citizen. Why do some people jump to dumb conclusions without doing a little bit of research. Instead of pointing fingers and stereotyping why don’t you worry about your own life? “LET GOD,LET GO”

  6. Matt K.
    August 26, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    A guy from Downey robs a guy from Riverside and it all happens in the A.V.! Oh the irony…

    August 26, 2012 at 6:41 pm


  8. NIMBY
    August 26, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Is ICE gonna get called and deport this POS?

    • D. Fife
      August 27, 2012 at 10:00 am

      Nope….he’ll get his due process here, then get his three hots and a cot in prison at taxpayer’s expense. Due process for this vermin should be about a $1.50 worth of 9mm in center mass.

      • Hector
        August 27, 2012 at 1:06 pm

        Good idea. But what if he “has a family to feed?”, as that idiot Bruce would say.

  9. Sherrill
    August 26, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Wow how dumb can you get ?

  10. Sherrill
    August 26, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Wow how dumb can you get ?

    • Palmdale_Steve
      August 26, 2012 at 7:05 pm

      Well I don’t know how dumb you “can get”, but stay tuned for attempts and comment to test that axiom.

Comments are closed.