7-Eleven Inc. is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect in a series of robberies in Southern California that have killed two people and injured three this week.
The reward comes after six 7-Eleven locations in Brea, La Habra, Santa Ana, Riverside, Ontario and Upland were robbed within five hours early Monday.
7-Eleven Inc. encouraged stores to close Monday and Tuesday nights as a precaution.
“Our hearts remain with the victims and their loved ones, and our focus remains on the safety of franchisees, employees and customers,” the company wrote in a statement.
The robberies in Brea, La Habra, Santa Ana and Riverside – which all involved shootings – appeared to be linked, authorities said.
Police are also investigating four armed robberies that occurred in the San Fernando Valley early Saturday that authorities said could be linked to the series of 7-Eleven robberies two days later.
The suspect in these robberies struck two donut shops and two convenience stores in North Hills within two hours, brandishing a semi-automatic pistol and demanding cash from the vendor at each location, according to Los Angeles Police Department. No injuries were reported.
Detectives are investigating whether the robberies are linked to Monday’s incidents at 7-Eleven stores, but they have not yet confirmed a connection, LAPD Officer Annie Hernandez said.
The suspect in Saturday’s robberies was described as a black male, aged 25 to 30, 5ft 7in to 5ft 10in tall, weighing 160 to 180 pounds and wearing a black sweatshirt, black mask and dark jeans – similar to the Description of the suspect in Monday’s 7-Eleven robberies.
The first of these robberies occurred in Ontario just after 12:00 a.m., followed by a robbery at another 7-Eleven store in Upland about 40 minutes later. Neither resulted in injuries.
At 1:50 a.m., a 7-Eleven location on the 5100 block of La Sierra Avenue was robbed. During the robbery, the suspect pulled a pistol and shot and killed a customer who is in serious condition, according to Riverside Police Officer Ryan Railsback.
Jason Harrel, a 46-year-old father of three, was identified as a victim by his daughter Kaya Harrel and is fighting for his life after being shot in the head, KNBC-TV Channel 4 reported.
Less than two hours after the Riverside robbery, police responded to a shooting at another 7-Eleven location in Santa Ana on the 300 block of East 17th Street.
Matthew Rule, 24, was robbed and fatally shot outside the 7-Eleven store, police said, adding that the suspect did not appear to have entered the store.
At 4:17 a.m., police responded to a robbery at a 7-Eleven location in Brea. Salesman Matthew Hirsch, 40, was fatally shot.
Finally, at 4:55 a.m., La Habra police responded to a robbery at a 7-Eleven on East Whittier Boulevard. Two victims, believed to be the employee and a customer, were shot dead. Both should survive.
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-07-13/7-eleven-offers-reward-after-southern-california-robbery-shootings 7-Eleven offers $100k reward after California robbery shootings