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Three suspects identified in wake of Cal State Fullerton lockdown

December 13, 2012 |  2:02 pm

Damine Lavonte Banks, 30; Jerome Renard Allen, 23, Traevon Cortez Vidaud, 24.Authorities from multiple law enforcement agencies are searching for two suspects involved in a Moreno Valley jewelry store robbery that led to a high-speed car chase and the eventual campus-wide lockdown at Cal State Fullerton late Wednesday.

Five suspect entered Empire Jewelry and Loan in Moreno Valley at about 3 p.m. Wednesday, shot an employee then fled in a dark Lexus, according to a statement from the Moreno Valley Police Department.

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

Two Los Angeles residents -- Damine Lavonte Banks, 30; Jerome Renard Allen, 23 -- were arrested when they ran from the Lexus after the car chase, according to a 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, where he stopped and dashed into the midst of a Los Angeles Police Department toy drive. He was apprehended at the toy drive.

All three were booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside on multiple charges, including attempted murder and robbery.

The Moreno Valley Police Department is asking anyone with additional information about the crime to contact investigator Ed Rose at (951) 486-6710.


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Photo: Robbery suspects Damine Lavonte Banks, 30, Jerome Renard Allen, 23, and Traevon Cortez Vidaud, 24, were arrested Wednesday. Two alleged accomplices were still at large. Credit: Moreno Valley Police Department