San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

DATE/TIME: January 13, 2017, 8:50 p.m.

INCIDENT:Armed Robbery

LOCATION:61794 Twentynine Palms Highway, Joshua Tree

SUSPECT: Christian Sutalo, 19-year-old resident of Joshua Tree


On Friday, January 13, 2017 at approximately 8:50 p.m., deputies responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Valero Gas Station in Joshua Tree. The victim was pumping gas at the location, and was approached by Christian Sutalo, who was armed with a gun and demanded money. Sutalo took money from the victim and fled the location on foot.

A short time later, deputies located Sutalo in the 6600 block of Easterly Drive in Joshua Tree. Sutalo was arrested and booked at the Morongo Basin Jail and is being held on $100,000 bail for armed robbery.

Anyone with information related to the investigation is asked to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Morongo Basin Station at (760) 366-4175. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may contact We-Tip at 1-888-78-CRIME.

Refer:Deputies A. Cantu or R. Rodriguez

Station: Morongo Basin Station

Case #: 091700070

Phone No. (760) 366-4175

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