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By Miriam Raftery

March 31, 2018 (Spring Valley) – Two young men robbed a Valero gas station at 2835 Sweetwater Road in Spring Valley shortly after noon today.  One of the suspects, described as a black male juvenile, pointed a silver .357 magnum at the store clerk and demanded cash. The other suspect was described as a Hispanic juvenile.

“There were several other witnesses inside the business at the time of the robbery,” said Sergeant Matt Cook with the San Diego Sheriff’s department.  After the clerk handed cash to the suspects, they fled on foot eastbound on Troy Street.

Deputies searched the area with help from the Sheriff’s ASTREA helicopter, California Highway Patrol and a National City Police K-9 officer.

A deputy spotted both suspects near Tyler Street and Central Avenue, but they fled in separate directions. The Hispanic male was apprehended and identified as Angel Virgen, 18. He is charged with robbery, conspiracy, making criminal threats and assault with a deadly weapon, among other charges.

The other suspect remains at large.  The investigation is ongoing and will be followed up on by detectives from the Rancho San Diego Sheriff’ station.

If you have information on this crime, call Crime Stoppers at (888)580-8477. You can remain anonymous and be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to a felony arrest.

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