RIVERSIDE, Calif. – A Moreno Valley trio who allegedly robbed eight Auto Zone stores in the Riverside and San Bernardino County were indicted on Friday.
The 13-count indictment named two men and one woman who together committed at least eight armed robberies of AutoZone Stores, making off with over $11,000 in cash. Daeon Raishawn Cox, 20; Dashon Raymond White, 24; and Jada Shardae Allen, 18, were charged with conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery. Cox and White remain in local custody and should be turned over to federal law enforcement on Monday, while Allen who was turned over to federal authorities on February 25th was freed on a $40,000 bond. Allen is expected to appear in court on March 13th.
The trio, along with a juvenile, who has not been indicted, over the course of three months in 2018, allegedly robbed AutoZone stores in Riverside, San Bernadino, Grand Terrace, Redlands, Hemet, and Fontana. In most instances, the robbers went into the stores at night. They were dressed in all black with gloves and their faces covered with bandanas, the affidavit says. They pointed firearms at the employees and demanded the cash in the register or in the store’s safe.
On December 12, 2018, the defendants attempted to rob a Fontana AutoZone while police had been conducting surveillance on the store. The affidavit says that the officer saw Cox and White get out of the gray Saturn SUV, while Allen was in the back of the vehicle. “Cox and White allegedly approached the AutoZone wearing black hooded sweatshirts and masks on their faces, while Cox carried an AR-15-type rifle and handed it to White,” the Department of Justice news release said. “After the police officer identified himself, the defendants fled the scene, driving away in White’s SUV at a high rate of speed.”
The pursuit lasted until the SUV belonging to White crashed in Rancho Cucamonga, all three fled on foot. Police located a loaded rifle that was tossed out of the window on the I-15 and I-210 interchange. Cox was caught hiding in a trash can, and White and Allen were arrested at their homes the next day.
Cox was charged with six substantive counts of interfering with commerce by robbery and six counts of using a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime. White also faces two robbery counts and two firearms counts, while Allen also was charged with one count of robbery and one firearm count. If convicted, each defendant will face up to 20 years in prison for each charge, as well as a seven-year consecutive sentence for the firearms charge.
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