Lake Elsinore robbery suspect charged

MURRIETA – A gang member accused of holding up a Lake Elsinore business and stripping customers of their valuables at gunpoint was charged Wednesday with armed robbery and other felonies.

Isaac Ivan Valenzuela, 29, faces four counts each of armed robbery and assault with a firearm, with sentence-enhancing allegations of using a gun in the commission of a felony, stemming from the Saturday night heist in the 31700 block of Riverside Drive, near Joy Street.

He’s being held in lieu of $100,000 bail at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta and is slated to make his initial court appearance this afternoon at the Southwest Justice Center.

Valenzuela and another man, who remains at large, allegedly walked into the establishment — the type of name of the business was not disclosed—about 9:30 p.m. Saturday and brandished pistols, demanding money from the cashier, who complied.

The defendant and his cohort then allegedly ordered three patrons to surrender their money and other valuables, which the victims did, according to Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. David Cardoza. The men fled the location as witnesses called 911, he said.

Deputies swarmed the immediate area and located Valenzuela in the 600 block of Quail Drive, about two blocks away, Cardoza said. His alleged accomplice has not been identified.

According to court records, Valenzuela is a documented member of a southwest county street gang and has prior misdemeanor convictions for battery on a peace officer, resisting arrest and making a false report to a law enforcement official.

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