Banning Teen Suspected of Stealing Cell Phones at Knifepoint

Riverside Sheriff's Deputies said an 18-year-old Banning resident approached his victims by pretending that he needed to borrow a phone from one of them.

A teen from Banning was arrested Thursday after robbing three people he had approached under the guise of borrowing a cell phone, according to a Riverside County Sheriff’s news release.

Cedric James Saunders, 18, was booked into the Smith Correctional Facility on suspicion of robbery.

The incident was reported at 3:36 p.m. on Jan. 17 in the 800 block of Minor Street in San Jacinto. Deputies said he approached three people and borrowed a cell phone from one of them.

Sometime during that exchange, deputies said Saunders brandished a knife and robbed them. A second alleged victim also reportedly handed over his cell phone before Saunders then ran off, according to the Sheriff’s report.

Deputies found Saunders a short distance away and arrested him, deputies said.

The case is still under investigation. Deputies ask anyone with information on this incident to call Deputy Perez at the San Jacinto Police Department. (951) 654-2702.

Dex January 18, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Lets hope that while he is in prison, he can get that tattoo on his neck finished. First letter "B" next O..N..E..H..E..A..D
Carla January 18, 2013 at 05:55 PM
Everyday I read on here about violence in San Jacinto, Hemet or Banning. This is so scary. Glad we have alot of police in Beaumont, make me feel a little safer.
Local Businessman January 19, 2013 at 04:35 PM
Good one, Dex, but on the other hand, he may become somebodys "...ITCH"
Traci Almaraz January 19, 2013 at 04:37 PM
So, would this guy have any connection to the 16 year old boy murdered off acacia and cherrywood last Monday?
Blessed Survivor January 19, 2013 at 11:54 PM
Blessed Survivor 2 minutes ago Federal Government demands release of prisoners in Ca.- Yes that`s right! U.S. Supreme Court ordered massive inmate release to relieve California's crowded prisons? The US Supreme Court Judges demands as follows: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that California must remove tens of thousands of inmates from its prison rolls in the next two years, and state officials vowed to comply, saying they hoped to do so without setting any criminals free. (? which state officials voted for this anyone know? let`s move them to their neighborhoods) Administration officials expressed confidence that their plan to shift low-level offenders to county jails and other facilities, already approved by lawmakers, would ease the persistent crowding that the high court said Monday had caused "needless suffering and death" and amounted to cruel and usual punishment ? needless suffering & death??? HELLO what about the victims?
Blessed Survivor January 19, 2013 at 11:55 PM
The thugs were offered housing expenses to move from LA to Beaumont, Banning, San Jacinto, Hemet this is why we are seeing a rise in crimes. Please call Obama and thank him for ruining our communities (US Supreme Court`s BOSS). The mayor of LA keeps saying crime is down in LA that`s because they all moved here let`s tell the real truth Mayor. One more thing we the tax payers paid them to move here. That`s right they got housing allowance from our wonderful Federal Government. Lock your doors, load your guns, and get guard dogs families these communities will never be the safe again! Demands for release video http://isun.blogs.mydesert.com/2012/08/26/riverside-county-jails-release-4000-inmates-early-as-state-fights-early-releases/


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