Perris: One Suspect in Thursday’s Armed Robbery of the Circle K on Harvill Avenue Arrested

A man suspected of the armed robbery of a Circle K in Perris has been arrested in Rancho Cucamonga. His accomplice is still at large.

On Thursday, May 23, 2019, at approximately 7:15 a.m., deputies assigned to the Perris Station responded to an armed robbery at the Circle K convenient store located in the 19000 block of Harvill Avenue. Two suspects, armed with a semi-automatic firearm committed the robbery and fled the area in a 2009 Chevy Malibu with an undisclosed amount of money.

Initial responding deputies, located a witness who provided a possible license plate of the suspect vehicle. Investigators and Deputies assigned to the Burglary Suppression Team (BST) immediately conducted follow-up investigation. During their investigation it was determined the same suspects committed an additional robbery earlier in the city of Riverside.

BST with the assistance of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department – Rancho Cucamonga began surveillance of the suspect’s residence.

On Friday, May 24, 2019, at approximately 9:45 a.m., a search warrant related to this investigation was served at a residence located in the 10200 block of Effen Street, in the city of Rancho Cucamonga.

As deputies were preparing to serve the warrant on the residence, the suspect, Ricardo Velazquez, 22 years old, was detained as he left the residence in the suspect vehicle. Velazquez was in possession of a loaded semi-automatic handgun. Additional evidentiary items related to the robbery were located in his vehicle and residence. Velazquez was arrested and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for first degree robbery, assault with a deadly weapon (firearm), and related charges.

The co-conspirator is still unidentified and the investigation is on-going.

Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is encouraged to contact Investigator Pike at (951) 210-1055.

Press Release Provided By the Riverside County Sheriffs Department