Felons arrested after linked to Perris armed robberies

PERRIS, Calif., — A pair of felons was arrested after allegedly robbing a victim at gunpoint during a social media arranged sales transaction that occurred in Perris last week, on Wednesday, July 7. The day-time robbery occurred in the 260 block of Spectacular Bid Street, adjacent the Perris Skatepark at Paragon Park.

One of the men has been linked to another similar Perris armed robbery and both are suspected of committing similar crimes which remain under investigation in the southwest Riverside County area.

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Deputies from the Perris Sheriff’s Station began investigating last Wednesday’s robbery around 11:50 a.m., Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant John Burke reported today.

During the initial investigation deputies learned the victim had used a social media website to make arrangements to sell something to the two suspects, according to Burke; who did not specify what was being offered for sale.

Two men were arrested after being connected to a Perris armed robbery of a victim who had used social media to arrange the sale of an unspecified item. Riverside County Sheriff’s Department photos

Due to the circumstances, deputies and investigators assigned to the station’s Robbery / Burglary Suppression Team immediately assumed the investigation 

“When all parties had arrived, the two suspects robbed the victims at gunpoint,” Burke explained; adding, “Within the first several hours of the investigation, Airron Deprese Willis of Moreno Valley and Diamond Crummie of Banning were identified as suspects.”

Based on their developed leads and gathered information, investigators, with assistance from members of the Sheriff’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team, served a search warrant at a residence in the 23000 block of Brookhaven, in Moreno Valley.

“Both suspects had fled shortly before the service of the warrant, and warrants were issued for both suspects,” said Burke.

On the evening of July 9, Gang Impact Team members located and arrested Diamond Crummie on Sweeney Drive in the city of Moreno Valley. He was turned over to the Perris Station Burglary Suppression Team and subsequently booked into the Cois Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta on suspicion of robbery, criminal conspiracy and an unrelated shoplifting charge.

On July 13, Gang Impact Team members located and arrested Airron Willis on Indiana Avenue in the city of Riverside. He was turned over to the Perris Station Burglary Suppression Team and subsequently booked into the Cois Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta on suspicion of robbery, criminal conspiracy and violation of parole.

Online jail records indicate both men remain in custody, with Willis being held without bail and Crummie remaining in custody in lieu of $275,000 bail or bond. Both men were expected to be arraigned on their charges at Riverside Hall Of Justice today.

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“During the investigation, Airron Willis was identified in a separate robbery that occurred on June 25, 2021, in the city of Perris,” Burke continued; adding, “Additional crimes related to Airron Willis are still under investigation.”

This is an ongoing investigation anyone with information regarding this investigation or who believes they were victimized by Willis and Crummie or knows of similar suspected crimes is encouraged to contact Deputy Gil or Investigator Stutler at the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Perris Station by calling (951) 210-1000, or by email. Callers can refer to incident file number PE211880046 and can remain anonymous.



Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 50, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.

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