RIVERSIDE – A Riverside Liquor Store owner was arrested for allegedly attempting to “smoke” the competition by attempting to burn the business location down during multiple attempts police said.
The three fires occurred at Sunny Liquor, located at 4810 Tyler Street in the City of Riverside on January 3rd, March 4th, April 27th, and November 11, 2016. All the incidents were captured on store surveillance. The attempts were made throwing a Molotov cocktail at the top of the building and pouring a flammable substance along the front ot the location and lighting fire to it causing both interior and exterior damage.
On Tuesday, November 22nd, the investigation led to the arrest of Willis Lee Simmons, 42, of Riverside. The following day, Munir ‘Mark’ Hawara, 49, of Moreno Valley was also arrested. Police learned that Hawara owned Tyler Market, which is located at 4773 Tyler Street, across the street from the victim’s store. Hawara, according to authorities hired Simmons, and Randy Ramirez, 33, of Riverside to burn down the competing store.
Hawara, Simmons, and Ramirez, who was already in custody as a result of an unrelated case, were all booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for arson and conspiracy.
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