Victor J. Cristales arrested for robbery with a firearm and armed burglary in Fort Pierce

Fort Pierce police arrested 19-year-old Victor J. Cristales early Wednesday morning in an armed robbery case that happened just after midnight at 1104 Pine Avenue.

The victim told police that he went into his garage to turn off a light when he saw the suspect standing in the shadows and pointing a gun at him.

Police say Cristales fled the victim's residence with two firearms, keys to the victim's vehicle and video gaming equipment.

Fort Pierce police officers and St. Lucie County Sheriff's deputies responded to the scene of the robbery, made contact with the victim, and set up a perimeter to search for the suspect.

Officers and their K9 partners observed the suspect fleeing eastbound through a yard down Cortez Drive.

St. Lucie County Sheriff Office K9 Jax apprehended Cristales near 25th Street, who was still armed with a handgun, according to investigators.

They say a deputy, with assistance from his K9 partner, conducted a search of the area and located all of the victim's stolen property.

Cristales is in custody at the St. Lucie County Jail on a bond over $60,000 for several charges including robbery with a firearm and armed burglary.

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