2 convicted felons arrested after robbery, pursuit in Hemet
HEMET – Two convicted felons were arrested and found to be in possession of a “loaded handgun and large amount of cocaine.” according to Hemet Police Police officials.The gun and narcotics were recovered by officers after a dangerous, high-speed pursuit Thursday, April 28.
The two alleged suspects were later arrested and identified as Germaine Lavelle Scott, 25, of Murrieta and as Jerome Sims, 26, of Lake Elsinore. Both were found to either be on parole or probation for previous serious violent crimes.
Just before midnight, the Hemet Police Department’s emergency communications center received a 911 call about an armed robbery that had just occurred near the 1300 block of E. Florida Avenue. The 911 caller provided a description of the suspects and a vehicle they fled the location in.
Officers responding to the area “immediately located the suspect vehicle” and attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle, the press release explained. The driver initially refused to yield to the officers lights and siren and the driver fled at a high rate of speed.
“During a short pursuit, the suspects threw a bag containing a loaded handgun and large amount of cocaine out the window,” according to the release.
The pursuit covered several residential and city streets, including N. Buena Vista Street, Latham Avenue and Florida Avenue. During the dangerous pursuit, the driver showed no concern for the safety of citizens or pursuing officers and drove through several posted stop signs and traffic signals.
The chase eventually came to an end when the two suspects stopped in the 100 block of N. Inez Street. Pursuing officers took up positions behind their patrol vehicles – with guns drawn – and conducted a felony traffic stop. The two men were detained without further incident.
Investigating officers identified the driver as Scott. They conducted a records check and discovered Scott was on probation for assault with a deadly weapon.
Officers identified the passenger of the vehicle as Sims. When they conducted a records check on Sims, they learned he was on parole for burglary.
At the conclusion of their investigation, officers arrested both subjects. Both men were booked at the Southwest Detention Center for a total of 20 felonies and one misdemeanor.
A jail records search showed Scott is being held in lieu of $75,000 bail. He was booked for nine felonies charges and one misdemeanor, including suspicion of recklessly evading police, robbery, criminal conspiracy, possession of controlled substance for sales, possession of narcotics while in possession of a loaded firearm, using a firearm to commit a felony, being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, violation of probation and other charges. He is scheduled to be arraigned at an unspecified court on May 2, at 8 a.m.
Sims was booked into jail on 11 different felonies, including suspicion of robbery, criminal conspiracy, possession of controlled substance for sales, possession of narcotics while in possession of a loaded firearm, using a firearm to commit a felony, being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and other charges. He is being held without bail and is expected to be arraigned at an unspecified court on May 3, at 8 a.m.
Anyone with information about this robbery and arrest is encouraged to contact the Hemet Police Department at (951) 304-2600. Callers can refer to incident file number 16-4002 and can remain anonymous.
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