Riverside Police Department
Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date November 14, 2003
Contact Sergeant Steve Johnson
Phone (909) 320-8005
Fax (909) 320-8043


Police Arrest Man in Fatal Hit and Run Collision

Riverside, Ca- Riverside Police arrested 31 year-old Paul Douglas Anderson of Ontario this evening for the murder of 19 year-old Pamela Thompson.

On Friday November 7th, 2003 the Riverside Police Department responded to a 911 call of an injured female at 3170 Canyon Crest Drive. Upon arrival they found 19 year-old Pamela Thompson lying critically injured in the driveway of her apartment complex. She later died at Riverside Community Hospital.

Family members reported that Pamela left her residence at about 9:30 P.M. to go to a friendís house. She discovered her car was missing from the parking lot. She used her cellular telephone to call her mother about her car being gone. As she spoke to her mother, Pamela saw her car. While still on the phone with her, Pamela told her mother the car was being driven directly at her at a high rate of speed. A moment later the telephone call was disconnected. Police believe Pamelaís vehicle struck her, as it was being stolen and fleeing from the scene.

On Thursday November 13, 2003 at about 9:00 A.M. police located Pamelaís 1993 Nissan Sentra near the intersection of Libby and Houston Streets in Riverside. They impounded the car and are processing it for trace evidence such as fingerprints, hairs and fibers.

On Friday November 14, 2003 at about 2:00 P.M. investigators arrested Paul Anderson and 38 year-old David Ramos of Upland. They were located at a residence in the 34600 block of D Street in Yucaipa, California. Anderson was booked for 187 P.C. Murder and 496 P.C. Possession of Stolen Property. They located evidence in Andersonís possession that connected him to the crime. Ramos was booked for 496 P.C. Possession of Stolen Property and 470 P.C. Forgery and 496 P.C. Possession of Stolen Property.

The investigation is on going, therefore, many details of what occurred are not being released at this time. Police believe there are additional people who have information related to this tragic incident. Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to contact Detective Greg Rowe at 909-320-8024 or Detective Ron Whitt at 909-320-8003. Informants may still qualify for the all or part of the $12,000 reward.