Suspected Serial Armed Robber Arrested in Riverside | NBC Southern California

Suspected Serial Armed Robber Arrested in Riverside

Officials say the man's alleged string of robberies began last month



    Riverside County Sheriff's Department
    Thomas K. McGowan was arrested Nov. 8 at his Riverside home in connection with a string of robberies in the area.

    A suspected serial robber has been arrested in Riverside, officials said Saturday.

    Investigators on Friday arrested Thomas K. McGowan, 31, at his home in connection with a string of armed robberies in the area, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department said in a news release.

    McGowan’s alleged robbery streak began Oct. 21 with the hold-up of a Yum Yum Donuts near the 8900 Block of Limonite Avenue in Jurupa Valley, Sgt. Samuel Flores said.

    McGowan allegedly robbed two Shell gas stations and a bakery two weeks later, Flores said.

    His most recent alleged transgression, the robbery of a Circle K in Riverside, gave detectives enough information to tie McGowan to the crimes.

    McGowan was booked for suspicion of five counts of second-degree robbery, kidnapping, false imprisonment and other crimes.

    Officials did not give detairegarding why he was charged with kidnapping were not clear.

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