YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF STRONG-ARM ROBBERY

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Sunday, accused of strong-arm robbery. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 73100 block of 29 Palms Highway in Twentynine Palms about 6 p.m. Thursday for a report of a disturbance. During an area check, deputies discovered a woman in her vehicle on nearby Split Rock Avenue. The woman said she had been in a motel room when her ex-husband, Larry Stapleton, 57, came to her room and physically assaulted her. She said he then stole a large amount of money. Deputies served a search warrant Sunday on Stapleton and found the stolen property, which was returned to the victim. Larry Stapleton was arrested on suspicion of strong-arm robbery, booked into the West Valley Detention Center, with his bail set at $100,000.

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