Suspect who used Facebook to set up Ripon robbery victim arrested
Ripon Ca. – A Ripon resident trying to buy merchandise from someone he met through Facebook ended up getting robbed at gunpoint last Saturday.
The victim arranged to meet the bogus sellers near a local elementary school at about 2:45 pm last Saturday afternoon. The suspects picked up the victim and they drove to a local park. One suspect reportedly brandished a handgun, and the victim was taken against his will to a secluded orchard West of Ripon. The suspects took cash and personal items from the victim. After the suspects reportedly threatened the victim and told him not to report the crime to the police, he was released.
Upon receiving this report, Ripon detectives began to utilize an extensive array of departmental electronic tools at their disposal. Suspect leads were quickly developed. On 03-25-14, Ripon detectives served arrest and search warrants at a residence in the 1600 block of Bradford Street in Stockton Ca. Stolen property, including identifiable property belonging to the victim, was located at the residence.
Fernando Hernandez (21) of Stockton was taken into custody. After questioning, he was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail on charges that included robbery, kidnapping, witness intimidation and conspiracy.
Departmental spokesperson, First Sergeant Steve Merchant said due to the fact that this is an ongoing investigation, no further information could be released at that time. First Sergeant Merchant said his department wanted to thank the Stockton Police Department for their assistance with this investigation.
P.I.O. – First – Sgt. Steve Merchant
Ripon Police Department
259 N. Wilma Ave.
Ripon, CA 95336