On the fifth day of the hunt for the robber suspected of hitting a string of 7-Elevens in three Southern California counties leaving two people dead and three others wounded, police shared notes and evidence in an effort to find the killer.
“It’s a joint effort right now getting the suspect in custody,” said Officer Eliseo Guerrero, a spokesman for the Ontario Police Department, on Friday, July 15.
Brea police have taken the lead on the investigation. However, detectives from several agencies have met, both in person and electronically, Guerrero said.
The convenience-store chain has offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect, who its’s believed was wearing a black hoodie with a green and white design printed on it in addition to a face covering during the crime wave early Monday, July 11.
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Police have not yet identified the logo on the hoodie, Guerrero said.
The spree appears to have started in Ontario around midnight when a man displayed a handgun and demanded money but did not fire. About 45 minues later, a 7-Eleven in Upland was robbed, with the suspect taking $500 or so.
The robber apparently went to a 7-Eleven on La Sierra Avenue in Riverside at about 1:50 a.m. and shot a customer in the head before fleeing, leaving him in grave condition.
Then, in Santa Ana, at about 3:25 a.m., Matthew Rule, 24, was shot and killed in a 7-Eleven parking lot in the 300 block of East 17th Street during an attempted robbery.
Less than an hour later, a clerk was shot to death at a Brea 7-Eleven. Finally, at about 4:55 a.m. in neighboring La Habra, a clerk and a customer were wounded by gunfire at a 7-Eleven.
Additionally, the Los Angeles Police Department is investigating a string of armed robberies on July 9, two days earlier, in the San Fernando Valley for any possible ties to the crimes at the 7-Elevens.
Tipsters can call police. They can also anonymously contact the Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS.