HESPERIA Two men were arrested for the armed robbery of a Hesperia 99 Cent store Tuesday night after a short pursuit which led to one man running across Interstate 15, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Hesperia station officials said.


Detectives will now be investigating if the duo was involved in a recent string of armed robberies in the Victor Valley.


Ricky Johnson, 29, of San Bernardino and Corey Kimbrough, 26, of Victorville were arrested for armed robbery, felony evading and gang enhancements after robbing the store, sheriff's officials said. Hesperia detectives are now working to determine the men were responsible for any of four other local robberies between Thursday and Monday, Sgt. Ken Lutz said.


At about 7:40 p.m., two armed men entered the business in the 15500 block of Main Street and demanded money from the employees, authorities said. The men, later identified as Johnson and Kimbrough, ran off with an undisclosed amount of cash and got into a black Nissan truck.


A Hesperia SMASH Gang Team member noticed a black truck speeding by him along Main Street and followed the vehicle to Highway 395 but lost sight of it momentarily.


Authorities set up a perimeter and found the unoccupied Nissan on the southbound Oak Hill Road off-ramp and some of the men's clothing on the ground, Roxanne Walker, spokeswoman for the Hesperia station, said. Witnesses reported seeing the men run toward Summit Inn.


The Sheriff's Aviation team in helicopter 40-King spotted one man hiding in the bushes along Mariposa Road. He was quickly taken into custody.


The second robber ran through the Summit Inn and across the freeway, officials said. He was later found hiding under a large bush.


A search of county documents indicate Johnson only has vehicle code violations on his record but Kimbrough has been previously arrested for attempted robbery, obstruction of justice, drug possession and numerous vehicle code violations.


Beatriz E. Valenzuela may be reached at (760) 951-6276 or at BValenzuela@VVDailyPress.com.