Police Searching for Armed Highway Robbers

A team of investigators is searching for a group of armed robbers it believes is responsible for robbing stranded motorists on freeways in the Inland Empire.

A string of armed robberies targeting stranded drivers on Inland Empire freeways has a team of California Highway Patrol and Redlands Police investigators stepping up surveillance and patrols.

The armed robbers, who police say are still at large, are responsible for several robberies between Sept. 18 and the early morning hours of Sept 19, according to investigators.

Most of the victims were stranded drivers on freeways, including Interstates 15, 10 and 210 and State Routes 91 and 60 in San Bernardino and Riverside counties, said CHP Officer Mario Lopez.

"They were robbed at gunpoint by three to four male Hispanics wearing hooded sweatshirts," Lopez wrote in a written statement.

The men are also responsible for several violent crimes that occurred around the same time as the freeway robberies, according to police. Police believe those crimes include two freeway shootings and two armed robberies in Mentone and Redlands.

The robbers have been seen driving several vehicles, including a white full-size pickup truck with a utility bed and rack, a red Honda Accord and a tan Honda or Hyundai sedan, according to investigators.

Anyone with information should contact the California Highway Patrol at 909-388-8000, the Yucaipa Police and Sheriff Department at 909-790-3105 or Redlands Police at 909-798-7688.


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