Two Suspects Arrested for Riverside County Armed Robbery Spree
Justen Josiah Granillo
NORCO- Following a robbery earlier this month, Sheriff’s Department investigators were able to follow leads to two suspects who are believed to have committed several area crimes, and arrested both of them.
Riverside Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the report of an armed robbery on Sunday, November 1 at 2:05 a.m., at a 7-Eleven convenience store located in the 1800 block of Hamner Avenue in Norco. The employee, who had been held at gunpoint, reported that a white male adult had entered the business and demanded cash.
After the employee complied with the suspect’s demands, he reported that the robber fled the area in a vehicle that had been waiting for him. The victim was not injured during the robbery.
Investigators assigned to the Jurupa Valley Station, working with the Jurupa Valley Station’s Crime Analyst and the Norco Sheriff Stations Special Enforcement Team, were able to develop investigative leads. Authorities determined the suspect from the Norco robbery was also responsible for additional armed robberies in the cities of Lake Elsinore and Riverside.
Investigators sought an adult male suspect, and a juvenile male suspect who acted as his getaway driver. The adult suspect was identified as Justen Josiah Granillo, an 18-year-old resident of Corona. The name of the juvenile has not been released due to his age.
Both of the suspects were apprehended. On Thursday, November 5, the juvenile suspect was located in the city of Riverside and arrested without incident. On Friday, November 6, Granillo was located in the city of Corona. Granillo was later booked into jail at the Robert Presley Detention Center for numerous counts of armed robbery.
This investigation is ongoing and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department asking anyone with additional information to contact Master Investigator J. Merrill at the Jurupa Valley Station at 951-955-2600.