Riverside Police Department Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date Monday, October 30, 2006
Contact Steven Frasher, Press Information Officer
Phone (951) 826-5147

Restaurant robber arrested

Riverside, Ca- A man who robbed a Riverside restaurant at the point of his concealed finger, simulating a firearm, was arrested by Riverside Police Department officers on Sunday night while he was fleeing the scene of a second robbery attempt.

Robert Michael CRAIG, 36, of Riverside, was arrested following an attempted robbery of a fast food restaurant in the 3800-block of Chicago Avenue, reported at 5:35 p.m., Sunday, October 29, 2006.

According to the initial investigation, Craig entered the restaurant, allegedly simulated that he had a gun concealed in his clothing and demanded cash. The restaurant employee backed away from the counter in fear and the suspect left the premises. The description of a white adult male, about 58, medium build, wearing a black hat, blue jeans and black shoes, was broadcast to police units. The suspect, matching the description, was spotted a short distance away. He made a brief attempt to flee before being arrested without further incident.

During the investigation it was found the suspect matched the description and actions in another robbery, at a pizza store in the 1700- block of University Avenue at 7 p.m., Saturday, October 28, 2006, in which the robber got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Craig was arrested on charges of robbery and attempted robbery.