Simi Valley Police have released new details of an armed robbery at a jewelry store, which led to a massive search in the community, and the temporary lockdown of three public schools.
The armed men hit Five Star Jewelry, on the 1900 block of Sequoia Avenue just after 10:30 yesterday morning. Detectives say the armed men confronted the store’s owner, and when he refused to comply, pepper sprayed him. They say the owner then tried to grab a concealed gun, but he was overpowered by two of the robbers, who took hus gun.
The store’s owner suffered minor injuries. He says the trio stole more than $100,000 worth of jewelry.
The getaway car was abandoned a few miles away, and witnesses say the men fled on foot.
Simi Valley Police set up a perimeter around the area, and used a helicopter and police dogs to search for the robbers. They arrested 18 year old Lineric Naborne, and 26 year old Melvin Norris, both of Los Angeles. They later arrested a man they say was the third robbery suspect, 24 year old Eric Russell, as he was sitting in a car in the area.
Police had placed Mountain View Elementary, Crestview Elementary, and Hillside Middle School on precautionary lockdowns, and stationed officers at the campuses to insure the safety of the kids. The schools released students throughout the day yesterday to parents who had come to pick them up.