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Tanning salon worker robbed at gunpoint

Felon arrested for kidnapping, robbery, assault

APPLE VALLEY • A suspect was arrested Thursday night for kidnapping, robbery and assault after he robbed a tanning salon worker at gunpoint three days earlier.

At 4 p.m. Thursday, Carlos Ramos, 30, was taken into custody on Kiowa Road in Apple Valley, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials said Friday. Ramos was found to already be on probation for assault with a deadly weapon.

On Monday night, deputies from the Apple Valley sheriff’s station received a call about an armed robbery from Tan Essentials. When deputies arrived, they found the female employee hiding in the business in fear.

The victim said the suspect had entered the building and asked questions about buying a tanning package for his wife. When the worker turned away, she said the man pulled out a handgun and pointed it at her. The robber demanded the worker’s money and personal property, threatening to kill her if she did not comply with his demands.

The robber then forced the woman into the business’ restroom, turned out the lights and told her not to leave or she would be killed.

After a period of time, the worker left the restroom and called 911 for help.

After an investigation, deputies identified the suspect as Ramos and arrested him Thursday.

Ramos was booked at West Valley Detention Center with bail set at $250,000. He is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

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