St. Lucie County Police Arrest Armed Robber

Early Wednesday morning, Fort Pierce Police Officers and St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Deputies combined forces to arrest a 19-year-old armed robber.

“Our two law enforcement agencies work together on a daily basis,” said Sheriff Ken J. Mascara, and the arrest of Victor J. Cristales is the latest example of how that teamwork pays off. A violent criminal is now in jail. The loaded gun he used in the robbery was taken off the streets.”

The Sheriff continued: “We continue to focus our resources in high crime areas where gun violence has occurred. This arrest gets a 19-year-old armed subject out of our community, I hope for a very long time.”

Cristales, of Fort Pierce, was jailed under $68,250, charged with robbery with a firearm, armed burglary, carrying a concealed firearm and resisting an officer with violence.

The victim, who lives in the 1100 block of Pine Avenue, Fort Pierce, went into his garage to turn off a light and saw Cristales standing in the shadows and pointing a gun at him. The gun was later identified as a .380-caliber semi-automatic pistol.

Cristales ran away with the victim’s AK-47 assault rifle, keys to the victim’s car and the victim’s PS-4 video gaming station.

Fort Pierce police and St. Lucie County deputies established a perimeter around the victim’s home and surrounding area. Two K-9 teams tracked the suspect: Fort Pierce Police Officer Ryan Moore and his K-9 partner Lotto, and Deputy Marc Geisler and his K-9 partner Jax., Geisler saw the suspect flee eastbound through a yard on Cortez. K-9 Jax apprehended Cristales near 25th Street.

Deputy Shawn Masters and his K-9 partner Gunnar conducted a secondary article search of the area and found all of the victim’s stolen property.

Fort Pierce Police Officer Stephen Griffith took Cristales into custody and recovered his pistol.

News Talk Florida Staff