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San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

DATE/TIME: August 2, 2014 9:16 a.m. 

INCIDENT: Armed Robbery Arrest 

LOCATION: Mesquite Road/Sitting Bull in Apple Valley 

SUSPECT: Giovanny Illich Velasquez, 35, of Victorville 


On Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 9:16 a.m. Giovanny Velasquez was arrested for armed robbery by Hesperia Detective Jarrod Burns and deputies of the Specialized Enforcement Division. The arrest was a result of an extensive investigation by Detective Burns, along with assistance from other San Bernardino Sheriff’s department personnel. Detective Burns determined Velasquez was responsible for fourteen (14) armed robberies throughout San Bernardino County, and during the course of his investigation Detective Burns also linked the suspect to a total of twenty-three (23) armed robberies throughout San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Riverside and Orange Counties. 

Velasquez robbed three Hesperia businesses in June and July of this year. In each instance the suspect wore a disguise and displayed a black semi-automatic handgun. Following investigative leads, Detective Burns identified Giovanny Vasquez as the assailant in all three robberies and apprehended him Saturday in the area of Mesquite and Sitting Bull in Apple Valley. Subsequently, search warrants were conducted at several locations, including two residences and a vehicle owned by Velasquez. Deputies found and seized evidence connecting the suspect to multiple robberies. 

Deputies discovered Velasquez was on active CDC Parole for PC212.5, Residential Robbery. He was arrested and booked at the High Desert Detention Center for PC211, Armed Robbery, with his bail set at $500,000 and a no bail hold for violation of the terms of his parole. 

Additional charges against Velasquez are pending. 

Anyone with information regarding these crimes is asked to contact Detective Jarrod Burns at the Hesperia Station, (760)947-1500. 

This is an ongoing effort by the Sheriff’s Department to protect the communities it serves. 

Citizens are encouraged to contact the Sheriff's Department or WE-TIP (1-800-87-CRIME, to report suspicious or criminal activity and can remain anonymous. 


Refer: Susan Rose, Public Information Officer 
Station: Hesperia 
Phone No. 760 947-1500 
Case No. 191404504, 191404964, 191405363. 

John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division

655 E. Third Street

San Bernardino, California 92415-0061

Telephone: (909) 387-3700

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