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La Quinta Target Robbed on Black Friday

By Rich Tarpening, Assignment Manager, Rich.Tarpening@kesq.com
Published On: Nov 23 2012 03:15:07 PM CST
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LA QUINTA, Calif. -

3 men are behind bars after allegedly robbing the La Quinta Target store on Highway 111 early Friday morning.

Sheriff Deputies were called to the store after loss prevention agents, working the store's Black Friday event, attempted to catch 3 suspects involved in a theft of store merchandise.

As loss prevention agents attempted to arrest the suspects outside the store, one of the suspects displayed a non-lethal weapon. Just prior to the suspects fleeing in a black Ford Explorer, one suspect also claimed to possess a gun.

Officers searched the area and located the Ford at a gas station on the corner of Country Club Drive and Washington Street in Palm Desert. Sheriff deputies and California Highway Patrol, conducted a high risk stop and apprehended 5 subjects inside the Ford. Two of the subjects were questioned and released. The other three occupants were identified as the suspects involved in the incident:

Louis Ivan Fuentes, age 19 of Los Angeles, was booked into the Riverside County Jail in Indio for robbery and burglary

Joseph Vega, age 18 of Los Angeles, was booked into the Riverside County Jail in Indio for burglary

Marvin Amezquita, age 22 of Los Angeles, was booked into the Riverside County Jail in Indio for burglary

If anyone has any information about this incident they are encouraged to contact Deputy Lewis at the Thermal Sheriff Station at (760) 863-8990. The Riverside County Sheriff's Department would like to remind everyone to report any suspicious activity.