Family members of Kyle Kamal Starner are "shocked and upset," by the arrest of the 20-year-old Friday evening for allegedly robbing a local Starbucks and a yogurt shop.
Starner's sister, who asked to remain anonymous, said: "Based on everything we have heard, Kyle would never do this, and it is not in his nature.
"We are just waiting for all this to be cleared up. People often think someone is guilty before they are proven innocent. Let's just wait and see in this case."
At one point, Starner worked at Laguna Niguel Lake and lived in Oregon where he graduated from high school. He lives in Laguna Niguel with his mother, according to the family member.
Starner was allegedly walking around Laguna while "extremely intoxicated," Amormino said. And "the officer noticed he was in possession of a gas mask when he stopped him."
Because Starner was already on probation for burglary and possession of stolen property, he is subject to search and seizure, and deputies searched his Laguna Niguel home Friday night, Amormino said.
They found a handgun and clothing matching the robbery description in a bag at Starner’s home, Amormino said.
He remains in custody, Amormino said.