Moreno Valley armed robberies by masked man linked by craigslist.com

News headline from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department:

2012-11-8-mvs12-1101-1-thompson.jpgAt around 8:25 p.m. on November 1st, officers from the Moreno Valley Police Department responded to an armed robbery near the intersection of Postal Avenue and Back Way in Moreno Valley.  The victim reported that a man wearing a Halloween mask confronted him near the intersection armed with a black semi-automatic handgun.

The suspect demanded the victim’s wallet and cell phone, then ran off.  The victim described the suspect as being about 5′ 8″ tall, with a thin build, wearing dark-colored clothing and a mask.

The circumstances of this incident were similar to two other armed robberies in the same general area which took place on October 21st and October 25th.  In all three cases, a man of unknown race wearing a Halloween mask and armed with a handgun confronted the victims and demanded money.  No vehicle was seen during any of these incidents, and in each case, the suspect fled on foot.

The linking factor in these cases was that each of the victims were in the area where the robberies occurred in response to “craigslist.com” postings, either offering items for sale or in response to something the victims were trying to sell.

During the incident on November 1st, patrol officers and members of the Robbery Suppression Team arrived within minutes, established a perimeter, and searched the neighborhood.  Eventually a subject later identified as Roland Zachary Thompson (pictured right), 18, was detained.

During the course of the investigation, Thompson was found to be in possession of some of the victims’ stolen property as well as a mask matching the description of the one used in each of the robberies and a replica handgun.

Thompson was arrested and later transported to Robert Presley Detention Center and booked for armed robbery.

The Moreno Valley Police Department is asking anyone with additional information about these cases to contact Investigator Ed Rose at 951-486-6710.

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Thursday, November 8, 2012


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