Inland Empire: Phone Helps Arrest Three


Rialto – A cell phone’s GPS helped police arrest three armed suspects in Rialto after a series of robberies occurred in two cities last week.

On Wednesday, Feb. 12, a college student walking on Eucla Avenue in San Dimas was robbed at knifepoint by three suspects. Police officials say that the suspects stole the victim’s backpack, which had a cell phone, a laptop, and other items. The suspects were unaware that the cell phone had a GPS tracking device installed.

The trio then fled the scene in a white Scion XB, while yelling out their street gang, according to officials.

The cell phone helped officials track the suspects out in Rialto, where they committed their next crime in the Ralph’s parking lot. The suspects allegedly dragged a father and his two young children out of his car, placed them in the suspects’ white Scion, and robbed them of the victim’s wedding ring and other valuables. A security guard saw the crime and called 911 immediately.

The suspects then committed another crime ten minutes later, in a Farmer Boys restaurant two miles away. A victim was robbed at knifepoint while sitting in his vehicle waiting for his girlfriend to get off of work, according to officials.

After the robbery, the suspects stopped at a Chevron station a few minutes later to get gas. Police quickly came in and arrested the three suspects. The stolen items were recovered.

The suspects were identified as Mark Fernandez, 19, of San Bernardino, Jeffery Henriquez, 18, of Los Angeles and Roberto Morales, 18, of Los Angeles.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents or know of additional victim is asked to contact the Rialto Police Department at (909) 820-2550, or the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, San Dimas Station, at (909) 450-2700.