RIVERSIDE – The man responsible for numerous Riverside armed robberies is behind bars thanks to the detailed description provided by witnesses. Thursday morning at around 9:08 a.m. Big Lots in the 4000 block of Madison Street was robbed at gunpoint. The suspect got away with cash.
Soon after, just before 11:40 a.m. a suspect with the same description robbed the Payless Shoe Store in the 6900 block of Magnolia Avenue. They also were robbed at gunpoint and cash was taken from the store. The suspect vehicle was described as an 80’s model white pickup truck with a shell and push bars on the bumper.
Based on the detailed suspect and suspect vehicle description two Riverside Police motor officers saw a similar vehicle driving south on Washington Street near Van Buren Boulevard. The driver was stopped, detained and taken to the police station for questioning. The suspect, 52-year-old Fernando Herrera was arrested and booked for armed robbery.
Through further investigation, detectives were able to determine that Herrera was also the suspect in two other recent robberies on Jun 16, 2016, at the Goodwill Center in the 4800 block of La Sierra Avenue and the Michaels store in the 10300 block of Magnolia Avenue. These also were done on the same night, the Goodwill Center robbery at 8:30 p.m. and Michaels shortly after. Police believe he is linked to several other area robberies,
Anyone with information should contact detective Jim Simons at (951) 353-7138 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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