Riverside Police Department Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date November 19, 2005
Contact Lieutenant Robert Meier
Phone (951) 351-6050

Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested



Riverside, Ca- On Saturday, November 19, 2005 at 10:35 am, officers from the Riverside Police Department responded to Pacific Mini Mart located in the 10900 block of Magnolia Avenue in the City of Riverside regarding an armed robbery with a single gunshot fired. The suspectís description was broadcast to responding units, who observed a subject matching the suspectís description to the rear of the Altura Credit Union located in the 10700 block of Magnolia Avenue. The subject was detained and found to be in possession of a loaded handgun and an undermined amount of cash. The victim subsequently identified this subject as the robbery suspect.

Further investigation determined that the suspect entered the market approached the clerk who was behind the counter and brandished a handgun at the clerk demanding money. The clerk did not respond to the suspectís demands quickly enough and the suspect fired one round in the clerkís direction. The clerk was not hit and gave the suspect an undetermined amount of cash from the register. The suspect then fled the market last seen riding a bicycle from the area.

Lavell Hunter, 20 years old from the Woodcrest area of Riverside County was booked into Riverside County Jail for assault with a deadly weapon, armed robbery, unlawful discharge of a firearm, possession of a concealed weapon, and violation of probation.