A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of individuals involved in a series of home invasion robberies targeting Riverside residents, one of whom was shot dead.
All three robberies took place in May and the Riverside Police Department’s Robbery and Homicide Unit has exhausted its investigation, according to agency spokesman Officer Ryan Railsback.
Police Chief Larry Gonzalez asked City Council to approve the $10,000 reward, which he did on Tuesday.
“We hope this reward offer will elicit information that will help us bring these dangerous criminals to justice,” Gonzalez said. “They have terrorized our city and we will use all available resources to find them.”
The first home invasion took place at 9.40pm on May 10 in the 14100 block of Ashton Lane. Railsback said “several male suspects” broke into the residence and held a couple and their 11-year-old child at gunpoint while ransacking the place.
The victims were not injured.
Shortly before 5 a.m. on May 15, another home invasion occurred in the 18400 block of Moss Road, where two armed men gained access to the home.
According to Railsback, the occupants, a husband and wife, were confronted as they lay in bed, and one of the bandits shot the man multiple times before fleeing with valuables.
The victim was operated on and survived.
At around 6.30am on May 17, a woman was at her home in the 1500 block of Kyle Court when two armed suspects broke in and held her at gunpoint while stealing property, Railsback said .
She was not injured.
Detectives are unsure if the three home invasions are related.
The reward will remain available until the end of August, when the board decides whether to renew it or not.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the police department at 951-354-2007 or by email at [email protected]