San Francisco Men Arrested in Connection With Beverly Hills Robbery


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BEVERLY HILLS (CNS) - Five men from San Francisco suspected of robbing a store on Rodeo Drive and assaulting a security guard were arrested today.

Multiple suspects entered the store in the 200 block of North Rodeo Drive, near Wilshire Boulevard, shortly before 7 p.m. Monday, removed store property and ran away, according to Lt. Giovanni Trejo, the Beverly Hills Police Department's public information officer.

As the suspects were running away, one of them assaulted a store security guard who attempted to stop them. The suspects ran to an awaiting vehicle and drove out of the area, Trejo said.

BHPD investigators obtained the suspect vehicle's license plate number and, with the help of the California Highway Patrol, attempted to stop the wanted vehicle Tuesday morning, Trejo said.

The suspects abandoned the vehicle following a short pursuit and ran away. Four suspects were immediately arrested by Beverly Hills Police Department detectives in Windsor Hills, Trejo said

The driver of the vehicle climbed onto the roof of a nearby house in the 4900 block of Maymont Drive, near Stocker Street. Beverly Hills Police Department personnel, assisted by California Highway Patrol officers and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies, persuaded the suspect to surrender.

A loaded handgun was retrieved from one suspect. BHPD officers managed to recover all the property stolen in the Monday robbery, Trejo said.

The security guard sustained minor injuries, Trejo said.

The suspects were identified as 27-year-old Kelvin Burton, 21-year-old Rodney Dewayne Moultrie Jr., 20-year-old Dewan Lewis, 33-year-old Juandell Carnelius Joseph and 33-year-old Antonio Lewis.

The suspects were not believed to be involved in any other robberies in the Beverly Hills area, according to Trejo.

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