Riverside Police Department
Press Release

 

For Immediate Release

Date February  21, 2001
Contact Sergeant John Carpenter  
Phone (909) 320-8015

 

TAKE-OVER BANK ROBBERY / REWARD

Riverside, Ca-  On February 21, 2001, around 9:00 AM, suspects entered the Bank of America located a 5225 Canyon Crest and brandished handguns at customers and employees. One suspect acted as a look out, while the other two suspects went behind the teller counter and took money. The suspects fled in a Red Honda Civic, which they subsequently abandoned a couple of blocks away from the bank. That vehicle was discovered to be stolen out of Los Angeles. The suspects got into an older model brown van, with a partial license plate of 4JAM_ _ _. The van was last seen heading toward the 60 freeway.

University Neighborhood Enhancement Team (UNET) Officers Wayne Kanemoto and Jason Day responded to the area and captured one of the suspects in a dirt field several blocks away. (UNET is a community policing effort between the City of Riverside Police Department and the University of California Riverside Police) That suspect was armed with a handgun and was taken into custody without incident. He has tentatively been identified as:

Richard Lamar Johnson
Date of Birth: 11-13-77
Phoenix, AZ.

At least two of the suspects were dressed in suits. Witnesses described the suspects as African Americans, in their early 20s, 508" 510" in height. Their hairstyle was described as being in "corn rolls."

Bank of America has offered a $5,000.00 reward for information leading to the identification and arrest of the suspects in this robbery.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to call Detective Kevin Stanton @ (909) 320-8012 or the Riverside FBI Office at (909) 686-0335.