A 19-year-old man suspected of stealing a Perris resident’s all-terrain vehicle at gunpoint was behind bars Thursday.
Saul Garcia of Moreno Valley was arrested and booked into the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside Wednesday on suspicion of robbery and carjacking. Garcia is being held in lieu of $60,000 bail.
According to Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Dave Tinker, shortly before 7 p.m. Tuesday, the suspect and three other as yet unidentified parties were in a cargo van and allegedly confronted the 20-year-old ATV rider in the area of Dale Street and North Redlands Avenue.
Tinker alleged Garcia pulled a handgun on the victim, whose identity was not disclosed, and forcibly took his mobile phone, then either he or one of his cohorts mounted the quad and drove away, with the van in trail.
The victim immediately reported the robbery, and by Wednesday afternoon, sheriff’s investigators had isolated the location of the man’s stolen cell phone to a residence in the 25000 block of Sierra Bravo Court in Moreno Valley, the sergeant said.
He said the van was spotted at the house, and deputies waited for it to leave the property before conducting a traffic stop, at which point the driver, Garcia, was taken into custody without incident.
A search warrant was served at Garcia’s home, where “evidence related to the crime” was seized, though Tinker didn’t specify whether the quad was recovered.
According to the sergeant, the suspect “admitted to committing the robbery.”
Detectives are continuing to attempt to identify the other suspects.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the sheriff’s Perris station at 951-210-1000.