Victim in Temecula Robbery Chases Suspects to Murrieta

A man who was reportedly held up by gunpoint at Denny's in Temecula chased the suspects to Murrieta, according to police.

A Murrieta man suspected in an armed robbery in Temecula was chased by the victim to Murrieta Monday night before crashing into an embankment, according to police.

The alleged robbery was reported at about 8:17 p.m. in the parking lot of , according to a news release issued Tuesday by Temecula police Sgt. Jon Wade.

The victim told responding officers he had just been robbed at gunpoint by two men, Wade said.

"The victim followed the suspects and called 911 as he followed the suspects into the city of Murrieta," Wade said.

The suspect, later identified as Eduardo Torres, 20, of Murrieta eventually lost control of the car and crashed into an embankment, the sergeant said.

Temecula officers subsequently located the second suspect, Johnny Nie, 20, also of Murrieta, at his residence, Wade said.

Both were booked at Southwest Detention Center; Torres on suspicion of robbery, conspiracy, assault with a deadly weapon and probation violation, and Nie on suspicion of robbery, conspiracy and probation violation.

Both were being held on $30,000 bail and were due in court Thursday, according to sheriff's jail records.

The robbery victim was not injured in the incident, Wade said.

"California Highway Patrol responded and assisted with the traffic collision investigation," Wade said.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with further information regarding the case was encouraged to call the Temecula Police Department at 951-696-3000.

Connie Lingus January 30, 2013 at 02:53 PM
Not just the valley but the entire state. Thousands are leaving for lower taxes, more common sense and the restoration of their constitutional rights.
JJ Mclure January 30, 2013 at 02:56 PM
the same day obama said we need immigrants
Tim92562 January 30, 2013 at 04:32 PM
PM Murrieta... the first paragraph states that this was on Monday night.
T Rexx January 30, 2013 at 04:36 PM
Hmmm. Why wasn't anything mentioned about what was stolen..... It doesn't sound like the victim was truly a victim.
JJ Mclure January 30, 2013 at 05:29 PM
because the Dems want to give free handouts
JJ Mclure January 30, 2013 at 05:30 PM
rich and poor are leaving
JJ Mclure January 30, 2013 at 05:31 PM
maybe obama should focus on illegals with guns instead of the NRA
LetsBfair January 30, 2013 at 06:48 PM
You can give thanks to redevelopment, public housing and section 8 housing in town. Thanks to the voters who voted for redevelopment we now have monsters who pay no rent and have nothing better to do than be thugs. Yep, we have invited thugs into the neighborhood in the name of redevelopment. 20% of all redevelopment money has to be spent on public housing. Thanks..
Louison Bobet January 30, 2013 at 06:53 PM
Bravo! to the victim. It's always great to see the good guys win and the bad guys go down! No three strike for these idiots, lock them up permanently with "bubba" so they can all be friends in the joint :)
TVOR January 30, 2013 at 07:51 PM
If the cops were always around more people would be getting tickets for their stupid actions and complaining about that.
TVOR January 30, 2013 at 07:56 PM
Too bad the headline wasn't "man beats the crap out of two scumbags who tried to rob him"
Mr. Logical January 30, 2013 at 08:16 PM
And then there is Hemet/San Jacinto.....
No January 30, 2013 at 08:54 PM
T Rexx.. just do everyone a favor and shush
SA January 30, 2013 at 10:18 PM
Well said!
Al Salamat January 31, 2013 at 12:15 AM
To T Rexx...REALLY? You're missing the point! It doesn't matter if anything was actually taken. When you are confronted by two A** H***S and a weapon is brandished, gun, knife, pipe, and your property is demanded, then you are a victim of attempted armed robbery, which is a felony in California.
JJ Mclure January 31, 2013 at 02:49 PM
most likely a woopy cushion
Brenda January 31, 2013 at 10:24 PM
KB, strangely enough several of my friends are now teasing us for moving here back when. We bragged it was safe, nice country place, nice neighbors for walking and chit chatting, actual USA people and english speaking, nice clean areas and homes, yards, etc. etc. Now with us plastered in the newspapers or on the news at night we are becoming a laughing stock. Its sad, and I hate to see where we fall in the "unsafest" City list for 2012 and 2013 now. We know already 2011 crime went up 28% and that didnt include things like drunk driving etc. or minor crimes. If Riverside as a county or Temecula as a city doesnt get ahold of this problem and fast we are going to be just like downtown Riverside. As far as turning into Hemet and SJ, I think we are already there. :/ Mr. Logical Steve I agree on downtown Los Angeles and SW, hell all of Los Angeles county at this point and some Cities are actual no drive zones, like a no fly zone they are so bad. Those who run Riverside County, Temecula, Murietta should also know that and do everything humanly possible to make sure WE DO become that way. Hell Riverside City is bad enough. They need to do something now, before its too much to try and fix, where police will not drive down streets, where fire and paramedics cannot get through to a house without a escort because of being shot at. We are far from that drastic, but now is the time to turn it around. Soon
Brenda January 31, 2013 at 10:26 PM
Agree Tvor. These two ninnies do not look like they have worked a day in their lives.
bjn February 01, 2013 at 12:32 AM
How sad that you would make a comment saying their section 8 . Little would you know they lived a actually nice life and had nice things both their parents provided a well kept up home & don't live off county or section 8. So before you make that assumtion you should learn how to shut your mouth cause one day you never know you may be needing that with your ugly attitude . They both made poor choices & are now receiving the consequence . I would love for your family to be in the same boat and you have such a shit talking mouth . They were wrong & it was a poor choice .
bjn February 01, 2013 at 12:34 AM
Did it ever occur that people make bad choices & as humans are not perfect ? But I suppose your a angel !? Who are you to judge & open your mouth . You should go to church and shut up because I can't wait for god to judge you & tell you about yourself
Rbah February 01, 2013 at 07:09 PM
MJB February 05, 2013 at 08:37 PM
every family has a black sheep this one is ours , or was ours. No reason for his actions..He worked two jobs an had money . The family lives in a nice home an pays 8000 a year in prop taxes. The family says sorry to the comunity. lock them up an through away the key.
MJB February 05, 2013 at 08:38 PM
every family has a black sheep this one is ours , or was ours. No reason for his actions..He worked two jobs an had money . The family lives in a nice home an pays 8000 a year in prop taxes. The family says sorry to the comunity. lock them up an through away the key.
James Q. February 23, 2013 at 05:57 AM
Another reason people are leaving Murrieta/Temecula is from all the ignorance and hatred that is displayed from a lot of (not all) citizens there on a daily basis. So many people are quick to judge others and point out their mistakes and "sins" and pretend they are perfect. We ALL have sins and it is not our place to judge others. It is God's job to do that. Why not try practicing "Love thy neighbor" and do what you can to make those towns a peaceful, loving, community-oriented area like they once were, a long time ago. We are all God's children, and we all bleed the same color. Stop with the racism. Stop with the homophobia. Stop with the sexism. Stop with the religious persecution. Treat others the same as how you'd like to be treated.
Brenda February 23, 2013 at 09:51 AM
In a perfect world James that would be nice and might just work. We used to be that way but if you read our news for the last year and a half we have had more and more crime, and more serious crimes in our little towns. We have criminals coming in from LA hooking up with the kids here to traffric the drugs, and do burglaries, robberies because most of us have things worthwhile to steal then around where they live. Crooks never steal from where they live. We now lock our doors ALWAYS, at least one school lockdown seems to happen each week and sometimes several schools, we have alarms, dogs, guns closer to us, watching every car and truck on the street at our neighbors houses. If our crime was almost non existant as it was a few years ago then we would all be ecstatic, but its not. Then count in the craziness of drivers, the DUI's with manslaughter, bikers hit, skateboarders run over, people walking hit, and now 3 sexual assaults on women (suspects not caught), stabbings of two other women on walks, and we cannot leave our houses. Thank you for the sermon however and I wish it was rainbows, rose colored glasses, unicorns like it used to be and long walks around the neighborhood running into all the neighbors, kids and families on bikes. That feels like the good ole days now.
James Q. February 24, 2013 at 09:08 AM
Yeah, maybe you're right. But can't the people of Murrieta, the good law-abiding proud citizens, run the lowlifes out of town. Make their lives and environment so miserable that they pack up and leave? Couldn't that work? And maybe beef up the local pd, and have them stop chasing kids with personal amounts of pot, and wasting their time, and instead, start going after the scum in area and start sending them to prisons. All the rapists, child predators, murderers, thieves, etc? They are the danger to the area. They should be dealt with.
Rick March 14, 2013 at 12:31 AM
So these "suspects" both violated parole, and are now being charged with additional felonies, yet they're "being held on $30,000 bail"? Why even offer them bail? And why were they paroled and put on the streets in the first place? Is it me, or does the judicial system seem to be hopelessly compromised?
Brenda March 14, 2013 at 08:29 AM
Ahhh in a perfect world Rick. :/ Bails are never consistant. It has some to do with their past criminal history too. But more to do with no room in the jails to hold guys that cannot get out on a high bail. So they wait a few weeks and might just get out on their own Recon right? cause God forbid we violate their human rights and they have to sleep on the floor with a blanket and pillow. So, bails are not consistant, charges are often times not consistant depending on who squeels on who right? Then half of the charges or more are dropped during the trial because the DA doesnt think they prove part of them. Or the guilty party may plea down to 2 years instead of 20 if its ok with the victims!!! and that is the worse thing to ever happen.!! (recently happened, man found guilty of sexually assaulting two girls when they were under 18, then when he went to trial, and found guilty, they agreed to 2 years for him, vomit) Then we have an issue with using the SAME EXACT sentencing for the SAME EXACT CRIME and stick to it. If a DUI gets 10 years for drinking, driving and killing a family of 4, then give him 10 years, do NOT let him out in 2. We need consistancy on charges, bails, trial, sentencing, and the victims cant decide to be super nice at the end and let a guy get away with a 2 yr sentence for his plea. R I D I C U L O U S
jim monaco March 28, 2013 at 01:47 AM
The seed of liberalism has produced a bountiful crop of parasites
LBV Collins March 28, 2013 at 03:42 AM
Liberalism?!! Don't you mean "capitalism"?


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