Three arrested in armed robbery of Pomona cell phone store

By in Press Enterprise on October 13, 2017

By City News Service

POMONA — Three transients were arrested on suspicion of robbing a Pomona wireless phone store Thursday at gunpoint.

The suspects were identified as Jeremiah Wadding and Karon Knight, both 18, and Joseph Hernandez, 25, according to Pomona police Cpl. Joe Hernandez, who said all three are from the Pomona area.

Police were called about 5 p.m. by a witness who saw two suspects — wearing masks and at least one armed with a handgun — exit the Metro PCS store in the 300 block of East Holt Avenue, Hernandez said.

The witness reported seeing the suspects get into a getaway vehicle and provided police its direction of travel. The vehicle was stopped in the area of Third and Locust streets, where two suspects fled on foot, Hernandez said.

“Officers were able to locate the suspect vehicle in the area of Mission Boulevard and Garey Avenue, where two suspects were stopped and detained,” Hernandez said. “Evidence of the robbery was located in the vehicle.”

Officers got the descriptions of two outstanding suspects from witnesses and a victim.

A helicopter crew spotted someone matching one of the outstanding suspects’ description. The suspect realized he was being tracked and took off running, climbing over several fences before fleeing into a large apartment complex, according to Hernandez.

Officers surrounded the area and with the help of a police dog found the suspect hiding in a third-floor laundry room, Hernandez said.

“The canine was used to apprehend the suspect,” he said. “No officers were injured during this incident.”

One suspect was outstanding, but no description of him was made available.

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