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Robbery suspect dies following altercation at Menifee store


Last updated 1/21/2018 at Noon

A robbery suspect died at a hospital after an altercation with a loss prevention officer at a Menifee store, but the exact circumstances of what happened were still under investigation, according to sheriff's officials.

Roderick Williams, 38, of Los Angeles died at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Murrieta on Monday, Jan. 14, two days after a robbery he was suspected in that occurred in 30200 block of Haun Road, according to Riverside County sheriff's officials.

According to a sheriff's news release, Williams was believed to have entered the business, removed items from their packaging and left the store without paying. As a loss prevention officer tried to stop Williams outside and a physical altercation followed.

Sheriff's officials received a call of a "possible armed robbery," though it's not clear from the release whether Williams actually had a weapon and what kind of weapon he had.

When they deputies arrived at the store, Williams had been detained by loss prevention staff but was suffering injuries possibly due to the altercation, according to officials.

They say he was taken to the hospital to be medically evaluated before being booked into jail, but during that time became unresponsive and emergency treatment had to be administered by hospital staff. Williams died two days later.

The Riverside County Sheriff's Homicide Unit has assumed the investigation. They are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact them at 951-955-2777.


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