Citizens Aid Fairfield Police In Arrest of Strong-Arm Robbery Suspect
FAIRFIELD – A woman walking along the 4700 block of Business Center Drive in Cordelia was the victim of a brazen strong arm robbery on May 3. As two suspects approached, one of them took aggressive hold of her and ripped off the necklace she was wearing. Then the suspects ran west on Business Center Drive, jumped in a vehicle awaiting them and escaped the scene.
However, some observant and concerned citizens in the vicinity saw the whole thing. Later, several of these witnesses provided police investigators with what proved to be useful descriptions of both suspects and the getaway car.
Based on these descriptions and further investigation, detectives from The Fairfield Police Major Crimes Unit were able to serve a search warrant at a Vallejo residence on May 30, 2013. Ladell Willis, the 20-year-old primary suspect in the strong-arm robbery was located at the Vallejo residence. A handgun was also recovered. According to a Fairfield Police spokesman, Willis “was charged with Robbery, being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm and possessing an unregistered Firearm.” The spokesperson also stated this was a fine example of “citizens taking an active role” in their community by being careful witnesses and providing information police can use to solve crimes.
Though several further search warrants have been issued in the case, according to Fairfield Public Information Officer Cleo Mayoral, “unfortunately, the woman’s necklace has not yet been recovered.”
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