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.
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.