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Jewelry store owner foils robbery; one suspect shot

March 16, 2012 | 10:05 pm

An attempt to rob a Fullerton jewelry store failed dramatically Friday when the shop owner shot one of the intruders and police quickly captured four suspects who fled in a minivan, swapped cars around the corner, then crashed a few blocks away.

The man shot at the scene, identified as 23-year-old Nelvin Cook of Los Angeles, was taken by ambulance to UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange for treatment of gunshot wounds, said Fullerton Police Cpl. Tim Kandler. Cook was reported to be in critical condition.

Three other men who fled All Phases Jewelers after the shooting jumped into a Ford minivan, where a waiting driver took them around the corner and they all switched to a Chevy Tahoe, Kandler said. The SUV crashed into a parked car less than half a mile from the store, sending the four occupants running in different directions. All were quickly apprehended by police responding to the 12:50 p.m. call for help, Kandler said.

The four uninjured suspects were booked into the Fullerton jail. They were identified as Devon Ridge, 22, of Compton; Obiesie Enwezor, 18, and Jayson Coleman, 20, both of Los Angeles; and Randolph Long, 21, of Houston.


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