Wednesday Jul 06 2011
Three caught, one at large in Roseville pot sale turned robbery
By: ToLewis, The Press Tribune
One suspect is still at large after an illegal marijuana sale turned into a robbery near a popular Roseville restaurant Tuesday evening. Roseville police arrested two adults and one juvenile after a short car chase that ended in a quiet Roseville neighborhood off of Riverside Avenue. According to police, three Sacramento men met with four other males in the parking lot of the Cheesecake Factory on Galleria Boulevard around 5:15 p.m. to conduct an illegal marijuana sale. Instead of paying, the four suspects robbed the victims at gunpoint, taking one pound of marijuana and fleeing in a black Toyota sedan. A Roseville Police officer located the suspect vehicle traveling west on Interstate 80 and followed it to the dead end of Kenroy Lane, off Riverside Avenue. Two of the passengers exited the car and fled on foot, but the other two remained with the car and were taken into custody without further incident, police said. Roseville, Citrus Heights and California Highway Patrol officers searched the area around Cirby Way and Riverside Avenue, assisted by CHP’s helicopter, and eventually located the third suspect in the greenbelt area near the 300 block of Cirby Way. The fourth suspect hasn’t yet been located. Police arrested Anthony James McDonald-Randolph, 21, of Pittsburg, Calif. and Bradley Montrell Lee, 20, of Bastrop, La. A 17-year-old male from Emeryville was also taken into custody. The suspects are being held in the Placer County Jail and Placer County Juvenile Hall on suspicion of robbery and other related charges. According to Dee Dee Gunther of the Roseville Police Department, the three victims involved with the illegal marijuana transaction were not taken into custody or charged with anything at the time. “We’ll be looking into that,” Gunther said. “Right now our focus is on the robbery.” The fourth suspect is believed to be from the Bay Area and described as a black male in his 20s, about 5 feet 8 inches and 160 pounds, with black hair in dreadlocks. He may have a gold “grill” on his teeth, and was wearing a turquoise polo shirt and shorts, police said. Police believe he may be armed with a handgun and ask anyone who may see the suspect to call 911 immediately. Anyone with information about the suspect’s whereabouts is asked to call Roseville Crime Stoppers at (916) 783-7867. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward for information leading to arrest. Toby Lewis can be reached at email@example.com.