On December 12, 2012, five suspects entered Empire Jewelry and Loan in Moreno Valley about 3 p.m. on Dec.12 and shot an employee, then fled in a dark Lexus, according to the Moreno Valley Police Department.
The men took authorities on a high-speed chase that ended in Fullerton and led to the lockdown of the Cal State campus for more than eight hours.
Two Los Angeles residents, Damine Lavonte Banks, 30, and Jerome Renard Allen, 23, were arrested after they ran from the Lexus after the car chase, according to a police news release.
A third suspect, Traevon Cortez Vidaud, 24, of Compton, allegedly carjacked a second vehicle as he was being chased by officers and led them on a pursuit to Los Angeles, police said. There he stopped and dashed into the midst of a Los Angeles Police Department toy drive, where Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck and other officer were distributing gifts to underprivileged youth. He was apprehended at the toy drive. All three were booked on suspicion of attempted murder and robbery, police said.
Recently, a fourth suspect has been arrested in a Moreno Valley jewelry store robbery and shooting that triggered the police chase and lockdown at Cal State Fullerton.
Roosevelt Andrew Fernandez, 26, of Compton, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, robbery, conspiracy, gang association, parole violation and the use of a firearm during the commission of a robbery.
Fernandez’s alleged cohorts are facing 20-plus years in prison if convicted of attempted murder, robbery, and gang activity charges with multiple sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations.
They will be arraigned at the Riverside Hall of Justice on January 3, 2013.
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