Two transients from Jurupa Valley were jailed Friday on suspicion of committing a string of robberies of small businesses in Jurupa Valley, Riverside and Fontana.
During the robbery spree, which occurred between April 13 and Tuesday, the male suspect, who was seen wearing a camouflage backpack, would place a shotgun shell on the counter or pull what appeared to be a semi-automatic pistol, then threaten the victims and demand money, according to Sgt. Ernie Esquibel of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
About 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, deputies from the Jurupa Valley sheriff’s station on patrol in the 8000 block of Limonite Avenue stopped a man wearing a camouflage backpack who matched the description of the suspect sought in connection with armed robberies of gas stations and fast food restaurants located in various strip malls.
As a result of the stop, Francisco Alejandro Siles, 21, was arrested on suspicion of numerous counts of armed robbery, Esquibel said.
Deputies also located a silver Infiniti G35 sedan that was allegedly used as a getaway vehicle during some of the robberies along with Sunday Nadal, a 50-year-old woman, who was identified as the second suspect in the investigation and arrested on suspicion of being an accessory during the commission of the robberies, Esquibel said.
Both were booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside. Bail was set at $500,000 for Siles and $35,000 for Nadal.
Anyone with information about these robberies was asked to call Riverside County sheriff’s Investigator Munoz or Deputy Chua at 951-955-2600, Detective Corbett of the Riverside Police Department at 951-353-7134 or Detective Clark of the Fontana Police Department at 909-350-7700.
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