Riverside Police Department Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Contact Steven Frasher, Press Information Officer
Phone (951) 826-5147

Robbery suspects flee to store; two arrests

Riverside, Ca- Three male suspects of a home invasion residential robbery, reportedly all armed, fled into a nearby Target store Wednesday afternoon in an effort to elude capture. Two suspects are in custody, as of 8:30 p.m.

Riverside emergency dispatch received a call of a woman screaming at the Quail Creek apartments, 3100-block Arlington St., at 3:18 p.m. Wednesday. When a motorcycle police unit arrived on scene, three young black male suspects, later described as armed, were seen fleeing the area of the residence, running into a nearby Target store at 3333 Arlington Ave. The motorcycle officer pursued the suspects into the store. One of the three suspects, Mark David OVERMAN Jr., of Perris, was arrested shortly after 3:30, when all tried to flee the location. A store manager later reported that a firearm had been left behind in the store.

A search involving various Riverside police and aviation units began a search of the area. Another one of the suspects, Derick Rabon THORNTON, 18, a transient with ties to Perris, was discovered hiding amid furniture and baby supplies inside the store shortly before 5:30 p.m. At that time, store staff and customers were evacuated in preparation for a complete search by Riverside Police tactical units. The search of the facility is currently underway.

A female juvenile was in the apartment originally ransacked and robbed by the suspects. There are no reported injuries. Additional identifying information is not available at this time. The investigation, and the search for the remaining suspect, is ongoing.