ANAHEIM – Three people were arrested Friday afternoon after their van rammed a police vehicle as they fled from a robbery, officials said.
One officer injured his ankle in the crash, Anaheim police Sgt. Bob Dunn said. The two men and a woman inside the van were arrested.
Police received a 911 call around 12:05 p.m. reporting a man with a gun heading into a pawn shop in the 1300 block of South Magnolia Avenue, Dunn said. An undercover officer in the area responded, arriving as the people suspected in the robbery were leaving in a gray GMC Savannah van.
The officer turned on the police lights of his undercover SUV, which the van then crashed into head-on, Dunn said. Other police cars arriving at the scene were able to box in the van, Dunn said, and the three occupants were taken into custody.
An employee reportedly was tied up and struck with a handgun before money and merchandise were stolen from the store. Dunn said two handguns were found at the scene.
Jonathan Cephus, 33; Melvin Collins, 30; and Jennifer Graham, 32; were all arrested and booked into the Anaheim city jail on suspicion of robbery and kidnapping, police said.
Orange County Superior Court records show Collins had has had previous run-ins with the law, in 2002 pleading guilty to felony assault with a deadly weapon and street terrorism charges, and being convicted of felony robbery and possession of a firearm charges in 2009.
Police are investigating whether the three are linked to other recent robberies in the area, Dunn said.
By CLAUDIA KOERNER and SEAN EMERY / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
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