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Reckless Driving Leads To Arrest Of Robber Who Held Up Lake Elsinore Stater Bros Shopper

Joshua Michael Nilles, 31, of Lake Elsinore and Brian Christopher Restad, 35, of Wildomar were arrested Monday.

UPDATED Dec. 18, 2012: Two men suspected of involvement in robbing a woman outside a Lake Elsinore supermarket were arrested Monday following a failed attempt by one of them to elude capture, authorities reported.

Joshua Michael Nilles, 31, of Lake Elsinore and Brian Christopher Restad, 35, of Wildomar were arrested following a holdup at a Stater Bros. store in the 29900 block of Canyon Hills Drive Dec. 13.

According to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, a woman was outside the business around 10:20 a.m. when a suspect allegedly forced her to hand over her Coach purse, containing $600 cash and other valuables. The victim was not injured.

A description of the getaway vehicle -- a black Toyota 4Runner sport utility vehicle -- was obtained but wasn't located in the area, sheriff's Sgt. Ken Chaffin said.

Around 10:30 a.m. Monday, deputies responded to the intersection of Clement Street and Lakeshore Drive to investigate reports of a reckless driver, who turned out to be driving a vehicle matching the description of the one given by the robbery victim, Chaffin said.

Deputies stopped the sport utility vehicle and immediately detained Restad, who was in the driver's seat. However, Nilles, who was in the front passenger seat, allegedly bolted and tried to hide from deputies, according to Chaffin.

The area was canvassed, and Nilles was found and taken into custody without incident.

Chaffin said both Nilles and Restad were in possession of stolen property from the Dec. 13 robbery and property from "several other incidents occurring in the surrounding communities."

However, jail records from French Valley's Southwest Detention Center show Nilles, who is no longer in custody, was booked only on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance; Restad remains in custody in lieu of $30,000 bail after being booked on suspicion of robbery, possession and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Restad is due to appear in court Dec. 19; Nilles is scheduled to appear Feb. 27, the jail records show. --Toni McAllister contributed to the Dec. 18 update.

EDITOR'S NOTE: When this story originally appeared Dec. 17, jail records were not yet available.

Temeku Law and Order December 18, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Their parents must be so proud.
william grant December 18, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Hope they have a long successful career with Bubba.
lizabeth choate January 19, 2013 at 10:12 AM
Brian is my boyfriend! Josh is the punk bitch who stole all that property. Brian took his fucking charges. That punk ass bitch Josh should be in jail not Brian. Brian was tryin to get his life together, Josh didn't give a fuck. I was at Josh's girlfriends house when the police showed up. all that stolen property was found in Josh's room he shared with his girl Amanda, she told tha police it was Brian's! Wasn't his shit. Should have opened my mouth before I came back to okc. Stupid Bitches! Brian will be out soon cause ima witness l. Josh's punk ass should be in jail too!!
April O'Neal February 06, 2013 at 11:39 PM
I dont know who you are ^ but Brian is my brother and he gets what he deserves and you should shut your ignorant mouth. You are who you associate with...you should look long and hard in the mirror little girl. Also to the idiot who said their parents must be proud?!?! What do you think they think? Go FUCK yourself, I watch their hearts crumble everytime something happens and pricks like you joke about it? Last but not least to the Bubba comment, your maturity level and homosexual preferences reek in that statement, seems to me you have Bubba on the BRAIN...That is you actually have one.
April O'Neal February 06, 2013 at 11:41 PM
This behavior is a constant embarassment to my family and I am glad nobody was hurt and feel sorry for the victim and her family as well.

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