4th Suspect Arrested in Robbery, Pursuit That Led to CSU Fullerton Lockdown

Three other suspects are already in custory and a fifth suspect has not been indentified

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    The Riverside County Sheriff's Department released booking photos of (left to right) Damine Lavonte Banks, Jerome Renard Allen and Traevon Cortez Vidaud. Roosevelt Andrew Fernandez, at far right, was booked Wednesday.

    A fourth suspect in a Moreno Valley armed robbery that led to a three-county pursuit and lockdown of the campus of Cal State Fullerton was in custody Thursday.

    Roosevelt Andrew Fernandez, 26, of Compton was arrested Wednesday afternoon after he was identified as one of the alleged bandits involved in a Dec. 12 robbery at Empire Jewelry and Loan.

    Three other suspects – Los Angeles residents Jerome Bernard Allen, 23, Damine Lavonte Banks, 30, and Traevon Cortez Vidaud, 24 – were arrested after a freeway chase that followed the shooting of an unidentified employee at the Inland Empire pawn shop.

    Robbery Suspects' Routes From Moreno Valley to Fullerton and Watts

    [LA] Robbery Suspects' Routes From Moreno Valley to Fullerton and Watts
    A complicated situation developed after five men wearing ski masks robbed at pawn shop in Moreno Valley at about 3 p.m., shooting an employee of the store. The group fled the scene in a dark-colored Lexus and ended their chase near the CSU campus. Another man car-jacked a Toyota and fled west, ultimately surrendering in a baseball field in Watts. Chuck Henry has a breakdown of just what happened. This segment aired on the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Dec. 12, 2012.

    Fernandez, pictured at right, was located in Long Beach and arrested without incident, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, which did not disclose how he was linked to the crime.

    Fernandez was booked into the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside on suspicion of attempted murder, robbery, conspiracy, gang association and parole violations.

    CSU Fullerton Locked Down After High-Speed Chase

    [LA] CSU Fullerton Locked Down After High-Speed Chase
    A wild police chase that started as a bank robbery in Moreno Valley put Cal State Fullerton on lockdown Wednesday after one of the wanted men fled from the car onto campus. Alex Calder reports from NewsChopper 4 for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Dec. 12, 2012.

    The other three suspects are slated to be arraigned at the Riverside Hall of Justice on Jan. 3.

    The incident started when four masked men armed with small-caliber pistols burst into the pawn shop at midday, breaking into display cases, stealing merchandise and shooting a clerk four times before fleeing in a Lexus driven by a fifth suspect.

    California Highway Patrol officers spotted the car fleeing west on the Moreno Valley (60) Freeway. The pursuit reached speeds of 100 mph.

    Making their way south on the Orange (57) Freeway, the robbers exited in Fullerton. Their car was involved in a minor crash, and the men fled in different directions.

    Allen and Banks allegedly fled on foot and were arrested in the university are, but two other men fled across the campus and sought to blend into the student crowd.

    Vidaud allegedly carjacked a motorist nearby, stealing a silver compact car, triggering a high-speed 20-minute chase that went west onto the Artesia (91) Freeway. Reaching Compton, Vidaud allegedly plowed through multiple intersections before pulling into the Imperial Courts Recreation Center in Watts and running onto an athletic field, where he was arrested.

    Meanwhile, at California State University, Fullerton, an estimated 10,000 people, mostly students, were stranded on the campus for more than seven hours as authorities searched for the two outstanding suspects.

    Authorities have not named a fifth suspect.

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