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Fourth Suspect Arrested in Pursuit, Cal State Fullerton Lockdown

FULLERTON, Calif. (KTLA) — A fourth suspect was arrested on Wednesday in a jewelry store robbery that led to a high speed pursuit and a lockdown at Cal State Fullerton.

The suspect has been identified as Roosevelt Andrew Fernandez, age 26, of Compton.

Fernandez was booked on charges including attempted murder, robbery, conspiracy, gang association, parole violation and using a firearm during the commission of a robbery.

Three other men — Damine Lavonte Banks, Jerome Renard Allen and Traevon Cortez Vidaud — are also facing charges in the case, including attempted murder and robbery.

The chain of events began around 3 p.m. on Dec. 12 with an armed robbery involving four masked men at Empire Jewelry and Pawn Shop in Moreno Valley.

One of the employees was shot during the robbery. The suspects then fled in a dark-colored Lexus driven by a fifth person.

California Highway Patrol officers spotted a vehicle matching the description and tried to stop it in the Riverside area.

A pursuit ensued that spanned four counties and came to an end when the suspects crashed near Cal State Fullerton. All five suspects ran from the vehicle.

Officers gave chase and apprehended Banks, a 30-year-old from Los Angeles, Allen, 23, also from Los Angeles, as they ran from the vehicle.

Vidaud, 24, of Compton, was arrested after allegedly carjacking another vehicle and leading police on a chase that ended with a brief foot pursuit in Watts.

All three suspects were turned over to the Moreno Valley Police Department.

The victim remains hospitalized in critical but stable condition. His name is not being released for his safety.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Investigator Rose with the Moreno Valley Police Department’s Robbery Suppression Team at 951-486-6710.