December 28, 2011 at approximately 6:00PM Baltazar Sanchez a resident of Desert Hot Springs was arrested for armed robbery, resisting arrest and a parolee at large warrant. Baltazar approached a customer of the AM/PM gas station who was in the process of pumping gas and demanded money from the victim while exposing the handle of a handgun he had concealed in the waistband of his pants. The victim gave Baltazar one dollar.
Shortly after the robbery, officers located Baltazar a short distance away from the AM/PM. Baltazar fled on foot from the officers. During the foot chase Baltazar discarded a handgun (later determined to be a replica air soft pistol). Baltazar was eventually caught and later booked into the Riverside County Sheriff’s Larry Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.
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Desert Hot Springs Police Department or Police Sergeant Brian Link at 760.329.6411.