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Bus Driver Helps Arrest Riverside Robbery Suspect

A Riverside bus driver, Bob Owens, is credited with helping police catch a violent robbery suspect who boarded his bus in Corona when he recognized Erick Cunningham’s, 45, face from posters. 

Police said that on April 16, Cunningham, used a hammer or mallet to bludgeon a 52-year-old owner of a Riverside tobacco shop and then grabbed cash from the register. The victim was hospitalized in serious condition. 

On Thursday morning, Cunningham boarded Owen’s bus in Corona and took a window seat at the front of the bus, according to the Riverside Transit Agency.

Owens calmly waited, taking care not to appear nervous, for his opportunity to alert law enforcement that Cunningham was on his bus. 

Owens waited until he could quietly ask another bus driver to alert police during a stop. Minutes later, Owens made a stop on his route at the Galleria at Tyler, and officers were waiting.

Cunningham was being held on $1 million bail. He is expected to appear in court Monday to face felony charges.

If you are facing a criminal charge, you will need an aggressive and comprehensive defense by an experienced criminal attorney. Attorney Don Ho is deeply rooted in the Southern California legal community and has established relationships with several deputy district attorneys and judges in Riverside and Orange Counties. Contact Don Ho Law today for help fighting your charges and/or reducing your sentence.

Published by Don Ho Law. Don Ho is a criminal defense and employment law attorney in Riverside and Orange County, California. 

Five People in Custody in Connection with Nordstrom Rack Robbery

Three men and two women were in custody today in connection with a hostage takeover at Nordstrom Rack in Westchester last week.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department Office website, on Thursday, January 10th around 11:00 pm., three armed suspects confronted the employees as they were leaving the closed business.  The suspects forced the employees back into the store and held them hostage while the suspects robbed the business.


During the incident, one of the employees called a relative to inform him that the business was being robbed. That relative then notified the Los Angeles Police Department inciting the immediate response of Pacific Division patrol units.


Based on initial witness statements and the observations of the first officers at scene, it was believed that armed suspects were inside the business and holding the employees hostage.  When members of LAPD’s Special Weapon and Tactics (SWAT) team entered the location, they searched for suspects and rescued the employees.  None of the suspects were found at the location and it was later learned that they left the location in a white Sport Utility Vehicle as patrol units were arriving.


During the course of the robbery, one of the suspects stabbed a female store employee whom he found hiding in a break room.  That employee sustained a non-life threatening stab wound to her neck.  A second employee was sexually assaulted by one of the suspects.  Both victims were treated at a local hospital and released late Friday morning.


Robbery-Homicide Division assumed responsibility for the investigation and more than twenty detectives were assigned to the investigation.  They worked relentlessly for the next forty-eight hours scouring the crime scene, reviewing evidence and identifying the suspects.  By Saturday evening, detectives had identified and arrested the three suspects who committed robbery inside the Nordstrom’s Rack.  Two additional persons were arrested for their actions after the robbery.

Four of the suspects are currently in custody in LA. Sherman is being held in Phoenix without bail. All five suspects are residents of Los Angeles, according to police.

If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, contact an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney to fight for your rights! Call Don Ho Law at 714-748-7715.

Published by Don Ho Law.  Don Ho is a criminal defense and employment law attorney in Orange County, California.


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Robbery Suspect Who Caused Cal State Fullerton Lockdown In Custody

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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.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Departmentinmate database says Fernandez was arrested Dec. 21 by the Long Beach Police Department without incident.

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. 



If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime, call Don Ho Law at 714-748-7715 to speak with an experienced and aggressive attorney who can discuss your options with you.


Published by Don Ho Law.  Don Ho is a criminal defense and employment law attorney in Orange County, California.


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Felony Charge Filed Against Suspect in 'Desperate Bandit' Bank Robberies

A felony charge was filed today against a 47-year-old man who may be the ‘Desperate Bandit,’ blamed for nine bank robberies in Riverside, Orange, and San Bernardino counties. Indio police arrested Michael Patrick Downing, 47, of Chino Hills after a bank robbery in that city Friday.

“A FirstBank branch at 82900 Avenue 42 was robbed after a man approached the teller with a note demanding money”, Indio police said in a written statement. According to investigators, after the man exited the bank, he drove from the parking lot in a white colored Toyota Corolla with an undisclosed amount of money. Indio police radioed the car’s description and an officer later observed a vehicle matching that description on westbound 1-10, about a mile west of the bank.

A patrol car followed the vehicle another four miles until back-up units arrived and then pulled the car over. The driver, Downing, was arrested.

Investigators found a two-liter plastic bottle filled with clear liquid and suspicious wiring during a search of Downing’s car. The Riverside Sheriff’s Department sent out its Hazardous Device Team to determine whether the device was a bomb. After inspection the device was determined to be inert.

FBI officials suspected Downing might be connected to the nine other ‘Desperate Bandit’ robberies that occurred over the past year in Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties because of the nature of the crime and Downing’s physical description.

In Orange County, the desperate bandit has been blamed for bank robberies in Tustin, La Habra, Anaheim Hills, Fullerton and Placentia.

The robber was given the nickname by the FBI after describing himself as desperate in one of the notes passed to a bank teller.

Investigators allege that Downing admitted he committed several other bank robberies in Southern California and say they are “99.99 percent” certain that Downing is the “Desperate Bandit” bank robber.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime, call Don Ho Law at 714-748-7715 to speak with an attorney who can help you fight the charges.

Published by Don Ho Law.  Don Ho is an attorney in Orange County, California, focusing on criminal and employment law.

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