Two men who allegedly robbed Perris residents during a sales transaction involving products advertised via the internet were charged Wednesday with armed robbery and other offenses.
Diamond Franklin Crummie, 28, of Moreno Valley and Airron Deprese Willis, 27, of Riverside were arrested over the last week following a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department investigation into the alleged July 7 holdup.
Along with the two counts of armed robbery, both defendants are charged with grand theft and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
They’re slated to make a joint initial court appearance Thursday at the Riverside Hall of Justice.
Both are being held at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta — Crummie in lieu of $275,000 bail, and Willis without bail.
According to sheriff’s Sgt. John Burke, the defendants made contact with the two victims, whose identities were not disclosed, via social media in response to an online classified advertisement for unspecified products.
Arrangements were made for the men to meet the sellers on Spectacular Bid Street in Perris shortly before noon on July 7, Burke said.
“When the parties arrived, the two suspects robbed the victims at gunpoint,” he alleged.
Crummie and Willis allegedly took the items and other property, then fled, according to the sergeant.
He said detectives, with the help of the county’s gang suppression team, quickly identified Crummie as one of the alleged perpetrators, and he was taken into custody without incident two days later in Moreno Valley.
Willis was identified as the second alleged holdup man and was tracked down Tuesday to a residence on Indiana Avenue in Riverside, where he was taken into custody without a struggle.
According to court records, Crummie has prior convictions for burglary and vandalism, while Willis has several felony convictions in another jurisdiction that weren’t listed in documents.