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4 Teen-Agers Arrested in Shooting at ATM, Robbery : Crime: A tow truck driver is wounded and a woman’s purse is stolen. Suspects are also linked to a Bellflower holdup.

TIMES STAFF WRITER

Police arrested four Long Beach teen-agers early Thursday morning in connection with the shooting of a tow truck driver at an automated teller machine and the robbery of a woman at a 24-hour supermarket.

William E. Riley, 18, and three juveniles, ages 14, 16 and 17, were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and armed robbery, said Buena Park Police Sgt. Terry Branum.

Investigators believe the four were also involved in the robbery of a man at a Bellflower pool hall earlier in the night.

“These guys, I guess, were all over the place,” Branum said.

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Ronald Fuller, 44, of Westminster, was listed in fair condition at UCI Medical Center in Orange with a bullet wound in his lower back, hospital spokeswoman Fran Tardiff said.

Fuller was returning home from work shortly after 11:30 p.m. Wednesday when he parked his tow truck at the Beach Boulevard branch of Home Savings & Loan to withdraw money from an ATM, Branum said.

Once he completed his transaction, Fuller was approached by four teen-agers who demanded his money, Branum said.

When Fuller refused and began running, one of the youths pulled out a handgun and fired once, wounding him, Branum said. The four fled without taking any cash from Fuller.

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Four minutes after Fuller was shot, the suspects drove their 1976 Cadillac Seville into the parking lot of a 24-hour supermarket at the corner of Lincoln and Knott avenues, Branum said.

As they “cruised the parking lot,” Branum said, the suspects saw two women walk out of the store and get into a car, Branum said. But before the women were able to drive away, one of the suspects got out of the car and robbed one of the women of her purse.

They drove off, heading west on Lincoln Avenue.

About 10 minutes later, Branum said, a Cypress police officer spotted the Cadillac near the intersection of Cerritos Avenue and Moody Street.

Tailing them a few blocks, the officer pulled the Cadillac over and detained the four occupants for Buena Park police.

The victim of the supermarket robbery, a 38-year-old Rancho Dominguez woman, was able to identify the four teen-agers, Branum said.

A search of the car turned up a .22-caliber pistol believed to be the weapon in the shooting of Fuller and two credit cards that belonged to the woman, Branum said. The pistol was reported stolen in Arizona two years ago.

The woman’s discarded purse and other personal belongings were found at the intersection of Valley View Street and Los Molinos Drive.

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In addition, officers searching the Home Savings & Loan parking lot found a wallet belonging to a Bellflower man who had earlier reported being robbed at a Bellflower pool hall.

The wallet was being checked for fingerprints to compare them to those of the four suspects.


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