Two suspects were arrested on Friday in connection with shootings and a robbery spree at 7-Eleven stores.
Malike Patt, 20, and Jason Payne, 44, were arrested in Los Angeles at about 1:15 PM on Friday for a robbing spree that occurred over five hours and for killing two on Monday morning in San Bernardino, Orange, and Riverside counties.
David Valentin, Santa Ana Police Chief, said in a news briefing on Friday that Patt is the primary suspect responsible for the robberies.
Matthew Hirsch, 40, a 7-Eleven clerk, and Matthew Rule, 24, were shot in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven Santa Ana store.
“The suspect was looking to rob another person, this innocent victim stepped in, and tried to redirect the suspect. The suspect turns around and shoots our victim, kills him on the spot,” Valentin said.
Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Alan Hamilton said investigators believe Pat was also involved in a fatal shooting in Los Angeles on July 9.
“We believe there are a number of crimes throughout the L.A. region that will also be linked back to this suspect,” Hamilton said.
7-Eleven offered a $100,000 reward for information that led to the arrest and conviction of the suspects days after the robbing and shooting spree.
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