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2 Men Arrested in Deadly Robbery at Chino Check-Cashing Store

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Two men were arrested Saturday in connection with the fatal shooting of store clerk Vanessa Martinez during a robbery at a check cashing business in Chino, authorities said.


Two men had been sought in the deadly robbery at a check cashing store. (Credit: Chino Police)

One of the men was taken into custody at 2:30 a.m. He was identified as Jorge Esteban Cisneros, 43, of Ontario, the city of Chino said in a press release.

The name of the second man was not released.

Investigators believe Cisneros was the shooter, the press release said.

Cisneros confessed and identified his accomplice who was later located in the 400 block of County Road in Pomona, according to the Chino Police Department.

The shooting took place Friday afternoon at the Check ‘n Go located in the 12000 block on Central Avenue,  police said.

Two men walked into the store, shot Martinez, 24, then robbed the business before fleeing in a dark colored Nissan Altima, police said.

On Saturday afternoon, the victim’s friends and relatives gathered in front of the store, where a makeshift memorial was erected on the sidewalk.

“These guys are cowards,” Sandra Gonzalez, Martinez’s friend, said of the suspects. “They had no care for life, to do this in daylight.”

Martinez “was well-known, very nice and outgoing, obviously trustworthy in the community,” Gonzalez said.

The investigation is ongoing. The Chino Police Department urged anyone with information to call (909)628-1234.

A memorial fund has been established by the family members of Vanessa.  Donations can be made at any Wells Fargo location in care of the “Vanessa Martinez Memorial Account.”


Loved ones gathered Saturday at a makeshift memorial for Vanessa Martinez, who was shot and killed at a check-cashing store in Chino. (Credit: KTLA)