On Monday, May 12, 2014, at approximately 6:58 PM, deputies and from the Cabazon Station were dispatched to the Chevron Gas Station, located in the 48300 block of Seminole Dr., Cabazon, in reference to an armed robbery at the facility. While responding to the call, a second armed robbery at the Valero Gas Station, located in the 300 block of Fern Dr., Cabazon, was reported. Initial investigation revealed that a Hispanic male adult, wearing a light gray ski mask, brandished a semi-automatic handgun at the cashiers of both locations and demanded money. The suspect was able to obtain undisclosed amounts of currency from each location. The suspect was observed fleeing both locations by independent witnesses in a white pickup truck.
Within an hour of the incident, a deputy observed an abandoned white pickup matching the suspect vehicle on northbound Hwy 62, just north of the I-10 off ramp, Whitewater. An area search was conducted with the assistance of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Bloodhound Unit. While processing the vehicle, a Hispanic male adult, identified as Steven Machado, 34 years old from Indio, arrived as the passenger in a vehicle and advised the deputies that he was the owner of the vehicle. Machado was detained at the scene.
After further investigation, Machado was arrested and booked at the Smith Correctional Facility for two counts of 211 PC, Robbery.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is encouraged to contact the Investigator Thomas at the Cabazon Sheriff’s Station at 951-922-7100 or the Riverside County Sheriff’s Dispatch Center (1-800-950-2444), or email the Cabazon Station at Station at CabazonStation@RiversideSheriff.org