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4th arrest in armed robbery that led to Cal State Fullerton lockdown

A fourth suspect has been arrested in a Moreno Valley jewelry store robbery and shooting that triggered a police chase and lockdown at Cal State Fullerton, police said.

Roosevelt Andrew Fernandez, 26, of Compton, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of attempted murder, robbery, conspiracy, gang association, parole violation and the use of a firearm during the commission of a robbery, the Orange County Register reported.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department inmate database says Fernandez was arrested Dec. 21 by the Long Beach Police Department.

Five suspects entered Empire Jewelry and Loan in Moreno Valley about 3 p.m. on Dec.12 and shot an employee, then fled in a dark Lexus, according to the Moreno Valley Police Department.

The men took authorities on a high-speed chase that ended in Fullerton and led to the lockdown of the Cal State campus for more than eight hours.

Two Los Angeles residents, Damine Lavonte Banks, 30, and Jerome Renard Allen, 23, were arrested after they ran from the Lexus after the car chase, according to a police news release.

A third suspect, Traevon Cortez Vidaud, 24, of Compton, allegedly carjacked a second vehicle as he was being chased by officers and led them on a pursuit to Los Angeles, police said. There he stopped and dashed into the midst of a Los Angeles Police Department toy drive, police said. He was apprehended at the toy drive.

All three were booked on suspicion of attempted murder and robbery, police said.

Police are seeking a fifth suspect in the incident, the Register reported.


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