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Posted: Thursday, May 30, 2019 9:00 am

A 28-year-old resident of Crestline was arrested on suspicion of an armed robbery, failure to yield to deputies attempting a traffic stop, and reckless driving while in possession of a stolen vehicle.

The series of incidents began around 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 25. An employee of the Mountain High Market in Twin Peaks called to report the armed robbery. The suspect, later identified as Bryan Scott Ricks, (also known as Bryan Scott Rick) entered the market allegedly armed with a large hunting knife. According to the store employee, Ricks threatened the employee with the knife in his hand, demanded the employee open the cash register and give him the money inside. Ricks fled the location, reportedly with an unknown amount of cash and miscellaneous store property.

Deputies from the Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Station responded to the market to follow up on the reported armed robbery.

On May 26 at approximately 1 p.m., deputies observed Ricks driving a vehicle on Highway 138 in Crestline. Deputies attempted a traffic stop but Ricks allegedly failed to yield. The deputies observed that Ricks, in an apparent attempt to avoid apprehension, drove recklessly into oncoming traffic and accelerated to a high rate of speed in dense fog.

During a short pursuit, Ricks lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a dirt embankment on State Highway 138 near Redwood Drive, where he was arrested without further incident. During the investigation, deputies confirmed the vehicle Ricks had been driving was recently stolen from the City of Riverside. While searching the vehicle, deputies reportedly located a large hunting knife on the passenger seat.

Ricks was arrested for armed robbery, possession of a stolen vehicle, evading with disregard for public safety, and felony driving a motor vehicle while under the influence. Ricks was transported to West Valley Detention Center where he is being held on a $350,000 bail.

A hearing on all charges was scheduled for May 29 at 12:30 p.m. in San Bernardino County Superior Court.

Anyone with information related to the investigation is requested to call Deputies Chad Cusimano, Kelly Bush or Mathew Marnati of the Twin Peaks Station at (909) 336-0600. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1 (800) 78-CRIME (27463), or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline website at www.wetip.com.

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