Banning Kidnapping, Robbery Suspect Nabbed in Redlands

Police say they were able to track down a suspect wanted in connection to a May 27 attempted armed robbery and kidnapping that occurred in the city of Banning.

A man wanted in connection to an attempted armed robbery and kidnapping in Banning has been caught, more than two weeks after the alleged crime occurred, police said Tuesday.

was arrested Tuesday morning at a Redlands home when Banning police officers, detectives and emergency tactical unit members served a search warrant on Courier Ave., near Lugonia Ave. and Orange St., according to Banning Police Chief Leonard Purvis.

That emergency tactical unit—or SWAT team—was able to bring Cannon in without facing any resistance, after they arrived at 7 a.m. and made an announcement on a loudspeaker for him to exit the building, Banning Police Sgt. Alex Diaz told Banning-Beaumont Patch.

“Eventually his girlfriend came out and then he came out… without incident,” Diaz said, adding that it took a few announcements since the pair was asleep when police arrived.

The arrest comes after an investigation was launched into a May 27 incident, in which police got word of a kidnapping and attempted armed robbery off Fashion Way, which is located near 8th and Lincoln streets.

“The victim in this case related that a black male arrived at his residence and forced him, at gun point, to drive to an ATM machine and withdraw money,” Purvis said in a press release.

However—before that victim was able to get the money from the ATM less than a mile away from his home, the alleged assailant apparently changed his mind.

“Prior to the victim being able to withdraw money from his account, the suspect fled the scene,” Purvis added.

When searching Cannon’s home Tuesday, police say they found incriminating evidence.

“We were able to get our guy and find evidence used in the crime,” Sgt. Diaz said, adding that the gun allegedly used in the crime was recovered.

Cannon was booked into the Banning jail on attempted robbery and kidnapping charges, according to police and jail reports.

Police do not believe that this crime was gang-related, and say the victim “knew of” the suspect through some mutual friends, but did not know him directly, according to his testimony.

Since the investigation into this incident is ongoing, police asked anyone with information related to the crime to contact the Banning Police Department Detective Bureau at (951) 849-1194.


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