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Penal Code 211- Robbery

Post Date:06/30/2017 12:29 PM

(760) 255-5182
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DATE:                            June 29, 2017     

OFFENSE:                     Penal Code 211- Robbery
CR NUMBER:                 17-2573

DATE OF INCIDENT:     June 28, 2017

SUSPECT:                      Dorsey Purify Jr., 24-Year-Old, Adelanto Resident
CASE AGENT:                Officer Jimmie Walker
On June 28, 2017, at approximately 3:45 P.M., officers were dispatched to the Dollar General store in the 300 Block of East Main Street regarding a robbery in progress. The caller, a store employee stated that a Black male adult wearing a gray long sleeve sweatshirt and dark colored pants fled from the store with several store items and was now running west towards Rosita’s restaurant.

Officers arrived on scene at approximately 3:46 P.M. and began checking the area for the male. Officers located a male who matched the description given by the store employee on the corner of Nancy Street and Avenue “A”. The male, who was identified as Dorsey Purify Jr., was detained pending further investigation. A records check of Purify was conducted through dispatch and it was determined that Purify was on active probation for robbery in Los Angeles County. A search of Purify was conducted and as a result, several food items were located in Purify’s waistband.

Officer Walker went to the store and began investigating the incident. Through the investigation, Officer Walker was able to determine that Purify entered the store and began removing items off the shelf. Purify placed the items inside his waistband and walked toward the exit doors passing all open cash registers. When Purify attempted to exit the store, a store employee saw the items in his waistband and demanded that the items be returned. Purify physically assaulted the employee and then threatened to harm other employees if they attempted to intercede further. Purify fled the store as employees called police. Video footage of the incident was captured on the store surveillance camera.       

Purify was positively identified as the male who robbed the store. Purify was arrested and transported to the Barstow Police Department for further questioning. The stolen items were itemized and returned to the store.

Purify was subsequently booked at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Jail in Barstow for a violation of Penal Code 211- Robbery.

Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation may contact Officer Jimmie Walker at the Barstow Police Department (760) 256-2211.  Those wishing to remain anonymous may also report criminal activity by calling the WE-Tip hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or may leave information on the We-Tip website at      

Albert S. Ramirez Jr.   
Chief of Police

Jarell K. Gilmore 
Police Sergeant

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