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Three Arrested for Murder of Riverside 7-Eleven Employee

Three Arrested for Murder of Riverside 7-Eleven Employee

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RIVERSIDE, CA. – The recent killing of a 29-year-old 7-11 store clerk in the City of Riverside led to the arrest of three people this week.

On Friday, February 28, 2020, at around 3:25 a.m., Riverside Police Officers responded to the store located in the 6600 block of Indiana Avenue in response to a call reporting an injured employee inside the business. The reporting party, a customer went inside the store and discovered the injured man, who was bleeding profusely. The victim was identified as Waqar “Vic” Taveer, of Fontana, who was a dedicated store employee. 

Officers arrived shortly after to find Taveer suffering from at least one gunshot wound. Paramedics attempted lifesaving measures but Taveer was pronounced deceased. The investigation revealed that two armed robberies in the City of Moreno Valley and Perris around two hours before. Three suspects were identified as being involved with the robberies and murder at the 7-11 store in Riverside. 

On Tuesday, March 4, 2020, John Lamont Bush, 30-years-old, was located and arrested by our METRO Team in the city of Los Angeles. He has been identified as the gunman in the homicide. Roderick Lamar Grandison, 47-years-old, was located and arrested by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s Major Crimes Unit on Tuesday, March 4, 2020, in the city of Compton. He has been identified as a passenger in the suspect vehicle from the homicide, and alleged to have committed one of the armed robberies. They also located and arrested Marleiya Barnes, 33-years-old, on Monday, March 3, 2020, in the city of Los Angeles. She is alleged to have been the driver of the suspect vehicle in the two armed robberies and homicide. All three suspects are from the city of Los Angeles, and were booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center.

The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office has approved charges of murder on these three suspects, along with firearm enhancements. Additional charges stemming from the armed robberies in Moreno Valley and Perris will be forthcoming. Their arraignment was held today, March 6, 2020, at Riverside Superior Court, but continued until March 20th.

Anyone with additional information on the Riverside homicide should contact Detective Daniel Mercadefe at (951) 353-7103 or dmercadefe@riversideca.gov, or Detective Brett Stennett at (951) 353-7213 or bstennett@riversideca.gov. Those wishing to remain anonymous can email rpdtips@riversideca.gov or utilize the Riverside Police Department’s mobile app “Submit a Tip” feature while referencing report number 200006018.

 

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