A man robbed a motorist of his cell phone at a Denny’s restaurant and ran into the backyard of a Jurupa Valley home, and was caught by a sheriff’s deputy who shot at him, a spokesman said today.
Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched at 6:07 p.m. Saturday to the parking lot of the eatery in the 6800 block of Valley Way, where the victim said he was robbed while he sat in his car. Simultaneously, a man matching the description
from the victim was spotted running away, Riverside County sheriff’s Cpl. Robert Martinez said.
Deputies chased after the suspect, later identified as Rolando Soto, 28, of Fontana, to the backyard of a nearby home. Soto allegedly reached into his waistband when deputies confronted him, prompting one of them to fire his weapon, Martinez said.
Soto was not struck by the gunfire and was arrested. He was booked for suspicion of second degree armed robbery and remained in custody today in lieu of $30,000 bail, records showed.
Soto’s alleged victim suffered a minor injury. It was not disclosed whether Soto allegedly used any weapons during the robbery.
The sheriff’s deputy who opened fire was not hurt and was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into the shooting, Martinez said.