INCIDENT: Cell Phone Strong-arm Robbery Suspects Arrested

August 17, 2023

Press Contact: Corporal Eliseo Guerrero,

Phone Number: (909) 408-1739

Date: August 17, 2023


Occurrence Date: August 16, 2023

INCIDENT: Cell Phone Strong-arm Robbery Suspects Arrested

Ontario, CA – The Ontario Police Department has arrested two individuals in connection to strong-arm robberies of cellular phones. On Wednesday, August 16th, 2023, shortly after 6:00 PM, Ontario Police officers responded to a report of a strong-arm robbery in the 4500 block of Mills Cir. The victim’s cell phone was taken from his hands by a suspect wearing all-black clothing and a mask.

Just over an hour later, the Ontario Police Department received a call regarding a second strong-arm robbery of a cell phone in the area of Vineyard Ave and Sixth St with an identical suspect description. Based on witness statements and evidence at the scene, it appeared the two robberies were related.

Officers were able to track one of the stolen cell phones to an apartment complex in the 1700 block of East D St. Officers located two males in the area matching the description, and they were taken into custody after a brief foot pursuit.

Christian Carter-Gray, a 20-year-old Ontario resident, and Terraun Gray, a 20-year-old Upland resident, were booked at the West Valley Detention Center on charges of robbery, conspiracy, possessing stolen property, and resisting arrest.

A total of four cell phones were recovered including the phones stolen in both strong arm robberies. The suspects’ vehicle, a white 2015 Kia Optima with black rims was located nearby, and additional evidence was recovered. Investigators believe the suspects are stealing smartphones for their resale value and believe there may be additional victims.

The Ontario Police Department wants to remind the public to be aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Ontario Police Department at (909) 986-6711 or Detective Joe Paterson at (909)408-1653. Information can also be reported anonymously by calling WE-TIP at (800) 78-CRIME or online at

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