Riverside Police Department Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date Wednesday, February 1, 2006
Contact Steven Frasher, Office of the Chief
Phone (951) 826-5147


Armed home invasion robbery: one suspect in custody



Riverside, Ca- The Riverside Police Department is investigating an armed home invasion robbery in the 4500-block of Watkins Drive, reported at 5:05 a.m., February 1, 2006.

The 22-year-old male victim reported he arrived at his home after 1:30 a.m. and was overtaken by two masked males, taken at gunpoint into the home and was tied up. The victimís mother awoke and was also held at gunpoint. The suspects ransacked the home over an approximate three-hour period, stealing money, jewelry, electronics and a handgun from the residence. The suspects fled, stealing two family vehicles: a white 2001 BMW X5 SUV and a silver 2005 Hyundai Tiburon sedan. The victims called 911.

A LoJack system theft recovery radio signal on the Hyundai was activated and response signals were received beginning shortly after 7 a.m. Riverside Police, University of California Police and California Highway Patrol officers engaged in tracking the LoJack signal to the intersection of 12th Street and Park Avenue. Two Hispanic males were seen walking away from the vehicles and failed to obey an order to stop. A CHP officer chased the fleeing suspects on foot and caught one suspect who resisted and fought the officer while both tried to reach for a firearm the suspect had in his waistband. A Riverside Police sergeant arrived on the scene and helped subdue the suspect and complete the arrest. The second suspect escaped on foot. Several handguns, including at least one stolen from the Watkins residence, were recovered at the scene along with other stolen property in the vehicles.

The other suspect is described as a Hispanic male, tall and thin with short hair. He was last seen wearing gray pants and a black and gray shirt.

This robbery is similar to another home invasion robbery about 3 a.m., January 31, 2006, at an apartment in the 2700-block Iowa Avenue, involving two masked suspects armed with handguns. The investigation of both incidents is ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding either of these incidents is urged to call Detective Rick Cobb at (951) 320-8034 or Detective Rick Wheeler at (951) 320-8003.