Murrieta Police Seek Suspect in Taco Bell Robbery

Murrieta Police are looking for the suspect in a robbery at a local Taco Bell restaurant Tuesday night. According to police, the incident...


Murrieta Police are looking for the suspect in a robbery at a local Taco Bell restaurant Tuesday night.

According to police, the incident began with the report of an alarm activation at the Taco Bell at 24656 Madison Ave. Employees told a dispatcher that the business was robbed at gunpoint by an adult male wearing a hooded sweatshirt and ski mask. Employees said the suspect walked into the business, walked into the kitchen area, brandished a semiautomatic handgun and demanded money from the drive-through cash register drawer.

Employees complied with the suspect and opened the targeted register, police said. The suspect then reached into the drawer, removed an undisclosed amount of cash and left the restaurant. The suspect walked south through the business parking lot, toward the America's Tire Store property and out of sight. No other suspects or suspect vehicle was observed. No employees or patrons at the business were hurt.

Patrol units arriving on the scene set up a containment perimeter. Two K-9 units and the Riverside County Sheriff's Department's Airship were deployed to assist in the search for the suspect. A systematic search was conducted but the suspect was not found. The investigation is continuing.

The suspect is described as a white male adult, 20-25 years old, 5-foot-10 to 6 feet tall, 150-170 pounds with a thin build. The suspect wore a dark colored hooded sweatshirt, dark colored cotton ski mask with a cut-out opening that exposed the subject's eyes, nose and upper cheek, and dark colored jeans.

Anyone with information or questions regarding this investigation can contact the on-duty Watch Commander at 951-696-3615. You can also provide information anonymously through "We Tip" at 1-800-78-CRIME.

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