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'It Is Not in His Nature,' Family Says of Robbery Suspect

The 20-year-old resident of Laguna Niguel was arrested Friday evening for allegedly robbing a Starbucks and a yogurt store two weeks prior.

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.

Starner was arrested on suspicion of robbing the Starbucks and of robbing a Swirlz frozen yogurt shop in the same plaza two weeks earlier.

He remains in custody, Amormino said.

Stephanie gomez December 03, 2012 at 07:45 PM
If he is on probation for theft, it seems to be in his nature. The family needs to get their heads out the sand if they want him to even get better as a person. He needs to face the consequences. Stealing is one thing, but using a gun is dangerous! yikes.
Greg M. December 03, 2012 at 11:24 PM
I agree with Stephanie! If it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, you know what people ... it's probably a duck!!!! Thesesituations tend to escalate out of control as so many parents, especially here in California, tend to be so self involved, or busy, or both to spend enough time with their kids to know who they REALLY are becoming. Sounds like this kid is seriously heading in the wrong direction. Unfortunately, not sure who is worse; the delinquent kids these days or their enabling parents not willing to put the time and effort into properly raising their kids!
Shirley December 04, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Already on probation & "this is not his nature" OMG family get your head out of the sand. Probably not his nature to drink either.

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