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Cal State Fullerton Locked Down After Pursuit

fullerton-lockdownCal State Fullerton was locked down for roughly eight hours on Dec. 12 while police searched for two suspected armed robbers following a high speed pursuit.

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KTLA) — Three men arrested in connection with a robbery and car chase that led to a lockdown at Cal State Fullerton entered not guilty pleas on Thursday.

Damine Banks, Jerome Allen and Traevon Viduad are facing charges including attempted murder and robbery.

KTLA’s Chip Yost has more on Thursday’s court appearance.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KTLA) — Three men arrested in connection with a robbery and car chase that led to a lockdown at Cal State Fullerton entered not guilty pleas on Thursday.

Damine Banks, Jerome Allen and Traevon Viduad are facing charges including attempted murder and robbery.

A fourth suspect, Roosevelt Fernandez, will be charged separately.

Police say the men are responsible for a robbery and a shooting on Dec. 12 at Empire Jewelry and Pawn Shop in Moreno Valley.

The suspects then fled in a dark-colored Lexus driven by a fifth person, who remains at large.

They led police on a high-speed pursuit that spanned four counties and ended at Cal State Fullerton. All five suspects ran from the vehicle.

Officers gave chase and apprehended Banks and Allen as they ran from the car.

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

The campus of Cal State Fullerton was locked down for nearly eight hours as police searched for the remaining suspects.

Fernandez was arrested last Wednesday and booked on charges including attempted murder, robbery, parole violation and using a firearm during the commission of a robbery.

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.

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.

MORENO VALLEY, Calif. (KTLA) — The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department identified three men arrested in connection with a jewelry store robbery and two car chases that led to the lockdown of Cal State Fullerton.

Damine Lavonte Banks, Jerome Renard Allen and Traevon Cortez Vidaud were facing several charges, including suspicion of attempted murder and robbery

Investigators were looking for two more suspects in the case.

Banks, 30, and Allen, 23, both from Los Angeles, were arrested on the Cal State Fullerton campus as they fled a car crash, according to the sheriff’s department.

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

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

Classes resumed Thursday at Cal State Fullerton, after a roughly eight-hour lockdown as police searched for two possibly armed robbery suspects.

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FULLERTON, Calif. (KTLA) — Classes resumed Thursday at Cal State Fullerton, after a roughly eight-hour lockdown as police searched for two possibly armed robbery suspects.

The lockdown ended just before midnight on Wednesday as students were allowed to return home, authorities said.

The two suspects who fled after a high-speed chase remained at large, however, and a contingent of police officers will remain on campus.

On Wednesday evening, police set up a perimeter around Mihaylo Hall, where students reported seeing at least one suspect moving through the halls.

SWAT team members conducted a systematic room-to-room search. By 11 p.m. they had cleared the building and released all the students, but they did not find either suspect.

The chain of events began around 3 p.m. Wednesday with an armed robbery involving five suspects at Empire Jewelry and Pawn Shop in Moreno Valley.

Police said that a clerk at the store was shot multiple times during the robbery.

The victim, a man in his 20s, was taken to a hosptial where he underwent emergency surgery. He was listed in stable, but critical condition, authorities said.

The suspects fled the scene in a Lexus and led police on a wild car chase that spanned four counties. They ultimately exited the 57 Freeway at Nutwood Ave. and stopped near Cal State Fullerton.

Two of the men were captured almost immediately and two others ran away.

The remaining suspect managed to carjack a second vehicle and led police on yet another pursuit through Orange County and into Watts.

He drove at speeds close to 100 mph before bailing out of the car. The suspect was arrested after a foot pursuit through a crowded park next to the Imperial Courts Recreation Center on 114th St.

All classes at Cal State Fullerton were canceled Wednesday evening, and several nearby streets are shut down, including a stretch of the 57 Freeway.

One student who spoke to KTLA said she was stuck in her dorm for about seven hours.

“I was supposed to have class while it was happening, but we received a lot of messages and phone calls to remain sheltered and not leave where we were,” Chantelle Ly said.

Troy High School, which is across the street from CSUF, was also placed on lockdown as a precaution during the suspect search.

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