PERRIS: Victims robbed of large sum of cash during drug deal – one arrested
PERRIS – At least two victims were robbed of all their cash on Friday, Jan. 8, when they met with two men near May Ranch Park, in the area of Bradley Road and Sorrel Lane, in the city of Perris. The victims met with the suspects with the intention of purchasing what was described by law enforcement officials as “a large quantity of marijuana.” The robbery occurred at about 1:30 p.m.
Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Perris Station responded to the reported strong armed robbery, after the victims called 911 to report the incident. Upon interviewing the victims, deputies learned the victims had met the two suspects via social media and had arranged to buy marijuana from the suspects. The victims met with the two suspects at a pre-arranged time and location, bringing with them a large sum of cash.
According to Sgt. Curt Harris, of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, “The two suspects robbed and assaulted the victims and fled the area with a large amount of money that belonged to the victims.”
Using information gathered by the initially responding deputies, the Perris Station’s Burglary Suppression Team (BST) quickly assumed the investigation. According to Harris, BST personnel located evidence confirming the suspects “used social media sites to lure the victims to the area of the robbery by posing as sellers of large quantities of marijuana.”
On Thursday, Jan. 14, following investigative leads, BST personnel located one of the suspects and served a search warrant at his residence. Sheriff’s officials identified the suspect as Donald Cofer, a 23-year-old resident of Perris.
Deputies arrested Cofer for his alleged involvement in the robbery. He was booked at the Southwest Detention Center for robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and violation of probation.
This is an active and ongoing investigation. Anyone with information can contact Investigator Pluimer at (951) 210-1000. Callers can refer to incident file number PE160080061 and can remain anonymous. Anyone with information can also submit a tip to PerrisStation@RiversideSheriff.org.
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