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Five snowboarders arrested in 'semi-violent beer run' near Big Bear

December 16, 2010 |  1:12 pm

Five teenage snowboarders have been arrested for allegedly robbing a Running Springs gas station on their way to the slopes in Big Bear, authorities said Thursday.

Two of the the teens walked into the 76 station on Hilltop Boulevard about 9:20 a.m Tuesday, and one distracted the clerk while the second grabbed an 18-pack of beer, said Arden Wiltshire, a spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

When the clerk attempted to stop them, one of the suspects punched him in the face, Wiltshire said.

"It’s a beer run that turned semi-violent,” she said. “Somewhere along the way, they decided they wanted to get beer and didn’t want to buy it.”

The five teens drove away in a red Jeep Wrangler, but a sheriff’s helicopter spotted the car and notified the California Highway Patrol. Officers arrested the five at a traffic stop in Big Bear on suspicion of robbery and conspiracy, Wiltshire said.

The suspects, all 18 years old, were identified as Ahmed Alsawalhy, of Walnut; Christian Perez, Austin Amato and Cameron Castro, of Diamond Bar; and Trevor Manly, of Colton. They were booked into Big Bear jail.

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