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Arrests Made in Connection with 3 Armed Robberies

June 1, 2016

29 PALMS, Calif – Between May 29 and May 30, three separate armed robberies were committed within the City of 29 Palms. On May 29 at about 9:30 p.m., one suspect entered the Motel 6 wearing a mask over his face, displayed a handgun and demanded money from the clerk. The suspect fled the location on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash and was driven away from the scene by a second suspect in a waiting car.

On May 30 at about 9:30 p.m., a victim called Sheriff's Dispatch to report he was just robbed by an unknown male while walking in the area of Aztec and Sunnyvale. Shortly after that call, an armed robbery occurred at the Circle K store at Adobe and Two Mile. A white male subject entered the store wearing a mask and displayed a handgun while demanding cash from the clerk. There were several witnesses in the store at the time of the robbery who were not injured. The suspect was given an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the store on foot.

On May 31, Detectives and Deputies developed information that led to an apartment in the 73000 block of Two Mile Road in 29 Palms. Additional information was developed during the contact that resulted in search warrants being sought for the apartment and a barracks room aboard the Marine Corps Base. Evidence was located at both scenes that implicated both Dustin Smiley and Randall Myrick as suspects in the robberies. Both subjects were detained aboard the Marine Base and later interviewed.

Dustin Smiley (age 19 of 29 Palms) was arrested and booked for all three armed robberies. Randall Myrick (age 19 of 29 Palms) was arrested and booked for his role in the Motel 6 robbery. Both suspects are being held at the Morongo Basin Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Anyone with information regarding these crimes is urged to contact the Morongo Basin Station at (760)366-4175.

Persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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