For Immediate Release
|Date||November 6, 2003|
|Contact||Lieutenant Jay Theuer|
Riverside, Ca- At approximately 2
PM, officers responded to a robbery call at the Walgreens Drug Store at Central
and Magnolia Avenue. Officer Debbie Foy was in the area of the Islands
Restaurant on Central Avenue when she observed a subject that matched the
description of the robbery suspect. Foy made contact with the suspect near the
front of the restaurant and had the suspect place his hands on the hood of the
patrol car while Foy called for a back-up unit to assist her.
The suspect suddenly reared back and began to fight with the officer, attempting to grab her gun from her holster. The struggle continued for several minutes with Foy attempting to maintain control of her firearm and the suspect. The suspect was able to position himself behind Officer Foy and began to choke her while simultaneously attempting to extract her weapon from the holster. There was an intense struggle between the officer and suspect as they went through several bushes and over a parked car, finally ending up on the ground in the parking lot area. The suspect had the officer in a precarious position and she was beginning to lose consciousness.
As this was happening, three individual citizens converged on the scene and aided the distressed officer. One citizen came from the restaurant parking lot; one from the area of a bank located near the lot and third citizen stopped his car in traffic on Central Avenue and ran through traffic to the struggle. The citizens were able to pull the suspect off and away from Officer Foy, gain control of him, and assist in getting the suspect into custody. The actions taken by the citizens probably saved Officer Foy’s life.
Both Officer Foy and the suspect received cuts, abrasions and bruises during the altercation. Officer Foy was treated and released while the suspect was treated and booked into County Jail on the below listed charges.
Two Counts Attempted Armed Robbery
One Count Assault with deadly Weapon on Police Officer
One Count Felony Resisting Arrest
One Count Attempted Murder on Police Officer
One Count Parole Violation
The suspect has been identified as Derrill Charles Udell
White Male Adult DOB 09-01-1956
The Riverside Police Department is requesting
that anyone that witnessed the incident but did not speak with officers at the
scene, please contact Detective Rick Cobb at (909) 320-8034.