The Orange County District Attorney’s office has charged three men with robbery of a Fountain Valley liquor store, the Fountain Valley Police Department reported in a press release today.
On Jan. 18, officers responded to an armed robbery in the 18000 block of Magnolia. An employee reported the suspect had brandished a firearm and fled with cash from the register, the press release states.
The clerk decided to follow the suspect on foot and saw him enter a vehicle parked nearby, according to the FVPD. Two other men were waiting in the car.
Fountain Valley Police relayed a description of the vehicle to neighboring law enforcement agencies, the release says. Not long after, Huntington Beach Police found a vehicle matching the description.
Officers searching the car found stolen cash from the liquor store and an airsoft gun sprayed black to hide the orange tip.
Arrested on suspicion of robbery were Brandon Bibbs, 19, of Cypress, Shakial Boulton, 20, of Cypress and Jordan Morua, 21, of La Palma.
Reviewing surveillance video, officers were able to identify Bibbs as a suspect in previous armed robberies in Huntington Beach and Anaheim, as well as two additional robberies at the same liquor store in Fountain Valley, according to the release.
The Orange County District Attorney’s Office filed five counts of robbery and one count of conspiracy against Bibbs, who remains in custody in lieu of $250,000 bail. Morua and Boulton were charged with one count each of robbery and conspiracy. Both have since been released after posting $50,000 bail.