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Armed robbery suspect arrested in Desert Hot Springs

Odell Shidie
Odell Shidie (Courtesy of SBCSD)

A Desert Hot Springs man wanted for their alleged role in an attempted robbery at a high desert liquor store has been arrested, jail records show.

According to San Bernardino County jail records, Odell Shidie, 21, was arrested Friday evening on the 13200 block of Palm Drive in Desert Hot Springs.

Authorities arrested Shidie during a standoff at a car wash in the Stater Bros. parking lot near Hacienda Avenue and Palm Dr.

Shidie was wanted for an attempted robbery at 'Yucca Valley Liquor' on Tuesday.

Shidie during the robbery (Courtesy of SBCSD)

According to the Morongo Basin Sheriff's Station, Shidie and 19-year-old Anthony Kamakeeaina, also of Desert Hot Springs, confronted two store clerks outside the store. Shidie forced one clerk inside the store at gunpoint. Kamakeeaina grabbed the other clerk and forced him inside the store as well.

"Shidie attempted to forcefully open the cash register and fired the weapon one time into the floor," reads a news release by the Sheriff's Station.

A fight occurred between the store clerks and the two suspects. Kamakeeaina and Shidie fled the store without any money or property.

Jail records show Shidie has been booked into the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga. He faces charges of robbery, kidnapping to commit robbery, and conspiracy to commit a crime and is being held on $1,000,000 bail.

Kamakeeaina was located and arrested on Wednesday near the area of Bella Vista Drive and Twentynine Palms Highway in Morongo Valley. He was charged with kidnapping and is being held on $1,000,000 bail, according to jail records.

Authorities are seeking a third suspect allegedly involved in the attempted robbery. 19-year-old Merisa Robinson of Desert Hot Springs. Robinson is wanted for kidnapping to commit robbery. Robinson's role in the crime remains under investigation.

Merisa Robinson

Anyone with information on Robinson's whereabouts is asked to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Morongo Basin Station at (760) 366-4175. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact We-Tip at 1-888-78-CRIME.

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