TEMECULA – (SHERIFF PRESS RELEASE) – On January 28th, 2013, at around 8:17 PM, officers from the Temecula Police Department received a 911 call of an armed robbery which had just occurred in the parking lot of the Denny’s Restaurant on Rancho California Road.
Temecula Police officers responded to the area and contacted the victim who advised them he had been robbed at gunpoint by two suspects. The victim followed the suspects and called 911 as he followed the suspects into the city of Murrieta. The driver/suspect of the vehicle lost control of his vehicle and collided with the embankment where he was taken into custody by responding Temecula Police officers.
The suspect was later identified as Eduardo Torres (20) of Murrieta. During the investigation, officers learned the identity of the second suspect involved, Johnny Nie (20), who was subsequently located at his residence, within the city of Murrieta. Both suspects were booked at Southwest Detention Center on the following charges:
Torres was charged with Robbery, Conspiracy, assault with a deadly weapon, probation violation.
Nie was charged with Robbery, conspiracy, probation violation.
California Highway Patrol responded and assisted with the traffic collision investigation. The victim was not injured.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with further information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Temecula Police Department at (951) 696-3000.