Valle Vista, Ca– On December 25, 2010 at 1:23 PM, deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department responded to 44161 East Hwy 74 (Mickey’s Liquor) in the unincorporated area of Valle Vista in response to an attempted robbery. The reporting party stated a male suspect brandished a firearm and demanded money. The clerk, recognizing the gun was not real, fought with the suspect who fled on foot westbound on Hwy 74.
Responding deputies contacted a white male adult, later identified as James Hodge, at the intersection of Fairview Avenue and D Street. Hodge matched the general description of the suspect in build and clothing worn. Deputies contacted Hodge and saw that he was standing over several items of cast off clothing, cash and a replica firearm. Hodge was detained while deputies conducted their investigation.
Several witnesses to the incident identified Hodge as the suspect who had just robbed Valle Vista Liquor.
Unbeknownst to responding deputies, the suspect had robbed Valle Vista Liquor immediately after his failed attempt at robbing Mickey’s Liquor and the clerk had not even called 911 at that point.
Hodge was interviewed and booked at Southwest Detention Center for two counts of armed robbery.
Anyone with information about this incident can call Investigator Juarez at the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Hemet Station at (951) 791-3400.
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