On August 9, 2014, officers responded to a call of gunshots being fired at the Watch and Wares Jewelry store in the Enderle Center. Two suspects entered the store, and one produced a handgun and attempted to jump the counter. Before the suspects could rob the store, an employee in the back room who noticed what was happening, retrieved a 9mm handgun and started shooting at the suspects. The suspects fled the scene in different directions, one on foot, the other in a get-away vehicle.
During an extensive manhunt, it was determined suspect #2 fled the scene in a taxicab. Prior to the suspects evading capture, at least two residents in the area reported the suspect asked several residents in the area if he could use their phone to call a taxi. It was eventually determined suspect #2 did indeed flee the scene in a taxicab.
The case was assigned to Detective Kirwan in the General Investigations Unit. Detectives contacted the taxi driver who identified the passenger he picked up in Tustin; he also provided the address of the drop off location. Within seven days, Detective Kirwan had developed information about two possible locations of suspect #2. Detective Kirwan wrote a search warrant for both addresses.
On August 17, 2014, General Investigations joined forces with the Special Enforcement Detail team, and members of OCATT to conduct surveillance at a residence in Bellflower, CA. The suspect was seen leaving the residence in a silver SUV. Detectives followed the vehicle to a nearby fast food restaurant, and the suspect was taken into custody without incident. Detectives served the warrant and collected evidence from the crime.
The investigation is ongoing, and suspect #1 is still at large. This investigation was a team effort, however, if it was not for the tenacity and diligence of Detective Kirwan, suspect #2 might have evaded arrest. For his work on this case, Detective Kirwan has been selected as the recipient of the Chamber of Commerce Officer of the Month award for the month of September. Congratulations Detective Kirwan!