Riverside Police Department
Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date September 21, 2000
Contact Sgt. John Carpenter
Phone (909) 320-8015


Robbery Suspects Arrested

Riverside, CA. Riverside Police Department Robbery Unit members Detective Kevin Stanton and Officer Mike Medici received information directing them to a possible lone suspect that might be responsible for the recent Wells Fargo bank robbery as well as other merchant robberies in the City of Riverside. They developed further information that led to several possible locations of the robbery suspect and location of wanted fugitives. General Investigations Bureau personnel teamed up with the Riverside Police Department Metro Team and conducted an exhaustive investigation that resulted in the arrest of three suspects, recovery of approx. $8,000.00 dollars, and confiscation of a loaded firearm and ammunition that was used in some of the robberies.

Arrested were:

1. Gutierrez, Freddy Robert DOB 12/21/70
    Burlington, NC

2. Thaharn, Frankie DOB 11/07/67
    Burlington, NC

3. Wade, Carrie Helterbran DOB 12/31/75
    Burlington, NC

All three suspects said they had been in Riverside for about one month.

Suspects Thaharn and Wade were arrested for felony robbery warrants out of North Carolina. Suspect Gutierrez was arrested for multiple counts of 211 PC (Armed Robbery), and 12025 & 12031 PC (Possession of a Concealed/Loaded Firearm). All suspects were booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center on mentioned charges.

This investigation is continuing and anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Kevin Stanton @ (909) 320-8012 or Officer Mike Medici