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Robbery Suspect Repelled by Man with High-Pressure Hose

Steven Roth of Lake Elsinore was arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery, brandishing an imitation firearm during a felony and probation violations after the botched robbery in Temecula.

A suspect who allegedly tried to rob a car wash customer in Temecula Monday got a face full of water when the victim turned a high-pressure hose on him, sending the man fleeing just prior to his arrest.

Steven Roth of Lake Elsinore was arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery, brandishing an imitation firearm during a felony and probation violations after the botched robbery at a coin-operated car wash in the 41900 block of Moreno Road, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

A man using one of the wash bays told deputies the suspect allegedly ran up to him and flashed what appeared to be a semiautomatic pistol, demanding that the victim relinquish his wallet.

"The victim immediately reacted by spraying Roth in the face with the high-pressure water hose being used to clean his vehicle," according to a sheriff's statement. "The victim then ran around his vehicle in an attempt to
avoid being shot. Suspect Roth immediately turned away from the hose and fled
on foot."

The victim summoned deputies, who searched the area, allegedly locating Roth's wet clothes and a replica handgun inside a backpack hidden inside a
nearby Denny's restaurant, sheriff's officials said.

Roth was spotted at a convenience store across the street, purchasing cigarettes, and was detained so the victim could be brought over to identify
him, which he did -- positively, according to the sheriff's department.

Roth was booked into the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta. Bail information was not immediately available.

TemMom951 July 24, 2012 at 05:54 PM
NICE! Nothing like "cleaning" up the trash! Sorry... couldn't resist!
Dog July 24, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Nuts like this are common in Lake Elisnore, we apoligize if one escaped and bothered the nice people in Temecula...
Jessica July 24, 2012 at 08:02 PM
what is it with people! Hubby was at Starbucks by Target yesterday and some jack wagon tried to break into or steal his car in broad daylight!! He didn't even get his coffee yet and he hears "hey dude I think someone is breaking into your car." A huge Thank you to the observer by the way.
Louison Bobet July 25, 2012 at 02:25 AM
and they want more "gun control?" hogwash, we all have the right to defend ourselves and loved one's. If everyone who is legal can go about their business- armed, these mindless idiots are going to be less prone to try this sh*^%! because the "victim" may just blow them a new ..... Ok, you get the idea. Works in Arizona among a few other states. Next time your sitting out on the patio at Starbucks, would'nt it be nice to clean your revolver while your relaxing (:
The Peacekeeper July 25, 2012 at 02:32 AM
There are many Law Enforcement Officers who reside in the city of Temecula. This loser should kiss the ground in his jail cell, that he is still alive. By all accounts, if a Law Enforcement Officer (On duty or off duty) was the victim of this crime, this punk would have most likely been justifiably shot. @Jessica, Its the sign of the times. The terrible economy, high unemployment and the ease in which losers can get high is often times why it seems to be getting worse. Also a known fact that there is much more crime in the HOT months of the year. People cope less when Its hot out. We still have it "nice" here. The problem is people get complacent and become creatures of habit while letting their guard down. Just because Temec is the 2nd "safest" city in the nation, doesnt mean "it" cant happen here. I worked in the Zoo known as Los Angeles for the past 21 years. Now thats a whole nother story. Stay safe everybody and keep a look out for the copy catters!
TemMom951 July 25, 2012 at 02:54 AM
Thumbs up Louison!
TVOR July 25, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Too bad the victim didn't chase him down and give him the beat down of his sorry life.

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