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Strong arm robbery

January 16, 2020

NEEDLES, Calif – On Tuesday, January 14 at 8:45 pm Victor Johnston (age 29 of Needles) walked into Needles Point Liquor and was seen by the store clerk concealing merchandise in his clothing. He was confronted by the clerk as he exited the store about the unpaid merchandise and Johnston struggled with the clerk before he ran east down Broadway Avenue.

The clerk called 911 and deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Needles Police arrived within minutes and located the suspect a couple blocks away in an alley. Johnston was detained and found to be in possession of stolen merchandise.

He was transported to the West Valley Detention Center and booked for PC211- Robbery with bail set at $100,000.

Johnston also had three out of county warrants including: one felony no bail warrant for burglary out of Monterey County; one misdemeanor $3,000.00 warrant for burglary out of Santa Cruz County; and, one misdemeanor of $1,500 for drug related charges out of Santa Cruz County.

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

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