On Saturday morning, Feb. 2, at approximately 1 a.m., Mammoth Lakes Police Sergeants Eric Hugelman and Rick Moberly were meeting with Village Security personnel regarding a disturbance on Minaret when they observed another disturbance 50 yards away next to a trolley bus. The sergeants and security officers ran to the trolley bus attempted to detain a suspect who was hitting the trolley. He resisted and pepper spray was deployed to control the combative individual.
After controlling the suspect, Steven Brisby Andrews, Jr., 34, Sherman Oaks, their investigation determined that he had committed a strong arm robbery while on the bus. The victim, a 24 year old female resident of Mammoth Lakes, was sitting on the bus when the suspect entered and immediately grabbed a cloth bag she was holding and took it from her. He then grabbed a purse that was strapped around her neck and dragged her off the bus. It was at this point the sergeants and security officers observed the disturbance and responded.
The victim, while shaken up, was not injured. Andrews was booked for robbery and resisting arrest at the Mono County Jail in Bridgeport.
Just prior to this incident, Mono County Dispatch received a call of a suspect fitting the description of Andrews who was assaulting people in the parking lot of Whiskey Creek. He was last seen running towards the North Village. It is believed that Andrews was the suspect who assaulted patrons of Whiskey Creek in the parking lot.