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2 accused of assault, car battery theft caught thanks to chopper, witnesses

By in Press Enterprise on February 3, 2018

By Jeff Horseman

Two assailants who attacked a man and stole his car battery in Riverside on Friday afternoon, Feb. 2, were arrested thanks to a police helicopter overhead and witness tips, Riverside police said.

The victim was looking into his car shortly after 1 p.m. in the area of Main and Russell streets when two men approached and attacked him, police said in a Facebook post. The suspects took the man’s battery and fled toward Orange Street, according to authorities.

A police helicopter found one of the suspects, who complied with loudspeaker commands until he was detained by police on foot. A witness alerted officers to the second suspect, who was found and arrested in the area of Spruce Street and La Cadena Avenue.

Kenneth Harnish and Michael Waltz, both 20 and from Riverside, were being held at Robert Presley Detention Center as of Saturday morning. Harnish, whose bail is set at $35,000, was booked on suspicion of first-degree robbery, while Waltz was booked on suspicion of second-degree robbery and possession of a controlled substance; his bail is $30,000.

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