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Two Needles men arrested after armed robbery

Report from ex-girlfriend led authorities to suspects

SENIOR STAFF WRITER

NEEDLES • Two men are in custody in connection with the armed robbery of another man outside a Needles gas station.

Authorities were led to Needles residents Brice Jackson, 27, and Stephen Lopez, 29, after Jackson’s ex-girlfriend reported Tuesday he had threatened to shoot her.

San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies investigating the report of terrorist threats found Jackson and Lopez at a hotel on Needles Highway, authorities said.

Lopez “very closely matched the physical description of the suspect” involved in the armed robbery last weekend in a rear Shell Gas station parking lot, according to a sheriff’s news release.

At about 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, a man approached 40-year-old Adalberto Rivas of Moreno Valley, authorities said. The man brandished a handgun and took Rivas’ money and cell phone before fleeing on foot, according to the news release.

Authorities said Jackson and Lopez were found in possession of the stolen items.

Authorities also said they found a loaded handgun in Jackson’s pocket which had been reported stolen in a burglary in Mohave Valley, Ariz.

Lopez was arrested on suspicion of robbery and booked into jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Jackson was arrested on suspicion of multiple offenses, including making a terrorist threat and possession of stolen property. He was booked into jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

An arraignment is scheduled for the two suspects Thursday at the Victorville courthouse, according to booking records.

Shea Johnson can be reached at SJohnson@DesertDispatch.com or 760-256-4126.


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