Two arrested for armed robbery wearing wolf costume in Palm Desert

(Riverside County Sheriff's Dept.)

Two men were arrested after police say they robbed a man at a Palm Desert ATM using a firearm and a wolf mask.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department says that a suspect approached the victim at 2:40 pm Monday at an ATM machine on Country Club Drive. The male suspect was wearing a mask and armed with a firearm when he approached the victim and took an undisclosed amount of money.

The victim was not injured during the incident.

Joshua Stratton (Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept.)

The Palm Desert Burglary Suppression Unit investigated and were able to identify 24-year-old Palm Desert resident Marco Hernandez and 37-year-old Desert Hot Springs resident Joshua Stratton as the suspects involved in the armed robbery.

Marco Hernandez (Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept.)

A search warrant was served on Tuesday at a home on Michigan Drive where Hernandez was located and arrested.

The next day, Stratton was located and arrested at a residence on Cahuilla Drive in Desert Hot Springs. A search of the residence resulted in the location of evidence connected to the robbery as well as an illegal assault rifle which was not used during the commission of the robbery.

(Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept.)

Hernandez was arrested for robbery and burglary. Stratton was arrested for robbery and unlawful possession of an assault rifle. Both suspects were booked into the Riverside County Jail.

The victim was not injured.


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