BARSTOW Police conducting an investigation into a string of armed gas station robberies in August have named a truck driver on parole as their suspect in the case.

The gas station robberies took place over a two-week period in August in Barstow and are believed to be linked to the same man, identified by police as 59-year-old Roy Barrower from San Bernardino.

Barrower was arrested Sept. 30 in Ontario on a felony parole violation during a gang sweep conducted by area law enforcement, said Barstow Police Sgt. Andy Espinoza Sr.

All of the robberies occurred in the early morning hours, and in each of the robberies, Barrower allegedly wore some sort of disguise on his head. None of the clerks were injured during the robberies.

The first Barstow robbery was at the Valero gas station on Lenwood Road on Aug. 3 and the second robbery was on Aug. 13 at the Circle K gas station on East Main Street.

Another robbery that happened on Aug. 12 at the Vegas Truck Stop in Yermo was also thought to be linked to the two in Barstow, but the victim hasn't been able to identify Barrower in a photo lineup, said Barstow Sheriff's Detective Shelli Kelley.

Espinoza said Barrower was first stopped by Barstow Police officers late at night about two weeks after the last robbery. Barrower was not arrested at the time, but officers noticed that he matched the basic physical description of the robber.

Espinoza said victims of the Barstow robberies were able to pick Barrower out of a photo lineup. Detectives filed a case with the district attorney's office last week.

Supervising Deputy District Attorney Julie Peterson said on Wednesday that her office is still reviewing the case and that charges have not been filed against Barrower.

Barrower is currently being housed at Chino State Prison.

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