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Cabazon Theft leads to Wild Chase

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On Monday, June 30, 2014, at 7:50 P.M., deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Cabazon Station responded to the call of an armed robbery in the parking structure of the Outlet Center in Cabazon.

The victim, a tourist from Mexico, reported he was placing his purchased items in his rented car. The car was parked in a conspicuous and well-lit area. He was approached by three male suspects, all wearing ski masks. One of the suspects pointed an unknown-type rifle at him and demanded his merchandise and his money. The victim complied, and the three suspects fled the area in a black Toyota Camry with no license plates.

The victim chased the suspects from the Outlet Center onto westbound Interstate 10. The suspects exited the freeway at Ramsey Street in Banning, re-entered the freeway and began fleeing eastbound on Interstate 10, where they exited at Main Street in Cabazon. The suspects drove westbound on Seminole Drive with the victim still giving chase. As both cars proceeded to the westbound Interstate 10 on-ramp at Seminole Drive, the suspects began firing at the victim’s vehicle. At least one round struck the victim’s vehicle, and it became disabled. The suspects continued on westbound Interstate 10 and fled the area.

Although the victim did not sustain any injuries during this incident, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department does not recommend that victims chase their assailants. The best course of action is to obtain the best description of the suspect and their vehicle as possible and to call 911 immediately.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is committed to the safety of the community and will be vigilant in investigating all crimes of this nature. The investigation is ongoing, and we are reaching out to the public and asking anyone with information about this incident to contact the Cabazon Sheriff’s Station at 951-922-7100 or the Riverside County Sheriff’s Dispatch Center (1-800-950-2444), or email the Cabazon Station at Station at CabazonStation@RiversideSheriff.org.

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