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2 wanted felons found hiding in Redlands attic

By in Press Enterprise on October 31, 2017

By Stephen Ramirez

A man and a woman wanted for various crimes were arrested last week after police found them in the attic of a documented gang member, Redlands police said.

Nicole Antonia Hernandez, 25, of Mentone was arrested Friday on warrants for vehicle theft and causing harm to an elder or dependent adult. She was booked at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga with bail set at $501,000, jail records show.

Phillip Andrew Cervantez, a 28-year-old transient, is suspected of violating parole, jail records showed. He is being housed at the Central Detention Center in San Bernardino and is ineligible for bail.

The two were found after police contacted a gang member on West Colton Avenue, Redlands Police spokesman Carl Baker said. The gang member was in possession of drug paraphernalia and a knife. He was cited and released.

Police were given permission to search his residence, and a K-9 unit found Hernandez and Cervantez hiding in the attic.

Both have felony criminal records in San Bernardino County. Cervantez has been convicted of robbery and assault, while Hernandez was convicted in the elder abuse and vehicle theft cases and sent to drug court. The warrants were issued when she failed to appear at a review hearing Thursday, court records show. Prosecutors are now seeking to revoke her probation.

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