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Three plead not guilty in robbery, Cal State Fullerton lockdown

January 3, 2013 |  1:53 pm

Suspects in Cal State Fullerton lockdown Three men arrested in connection with a robbery that led to the lockdown of Cal State Fullerton pleaded not guilty Thursday to various charges, including attempted murder and robbery.

Damine Banks, 30, Jerome Allen, 23, and Traevon Vidaud, 24, appeared in a Riverside County courtroom Thursday morning. Authorities believe the men were involved in a jewelry and pawn shop robbery in Moreno Valley on Dec. 12, where an employee was shot in the process.

The men fled in a dark Lexus, authorities said, sparking a pursuit that spanned four counties.

They stopped at Cal State Fullerton, where two men were captured. Two others fled on foot, prompting a seven-hour lockdown at the university.

A fourth suspect, Roosevelt Fernandez, 26, was arrested Dec. 26 and will be charged separately.

Police were still searching for a fifth person. Anyone with information is asked to call the Moreno Valley Police Department at (951) 486-6710.

Banks, Allen and Vidaud are due back in court Jan. 14.


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Photo: From left, Damine Lavonte Banks, 30, Jerome Renard Allen, 23, and Traevon Cortez Vidaud, 24. Credit: Moreno Valley Police Department