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UPDATE: Robbery Investigation In Lake Elsinore Leads To Felon's Arrest; Second Suspect Arrested

The arrest of Nickolas Daniel McNally, 24, was made by Lake Elsinore Sheriff's Station deputies at 1:41 p.m. Thursday.

10/19 UPDATE at 5:30 p.m.: More details have surfaced on Thursday’s robbery in Lake Elsinore that involved a chase and high police presence in the city.

According to new information released Friday afternoon from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, the two men suspected in the crime targeted a homeowner in the 500 block of Lake Street.

The victim was in his back yard shortly before 1 p.m. when two men opened a side gate to his property and confronted him. The alleged robbers demanded money, brandished a handgun and assaulted the homeowner, reported Sgt. David Cardoza of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

The victim was able to call 911 but the suspects fled the scene in a white Kia with paper plates, Cardoza reported.

Patrol units and a helicopter were called in to search for the suspects, and police spotted the Kia at an apartment complex in the 2000 block of E. Lakeshore Drive, the sergeant reported.

“As officers approached the suspects, the passenger exited the vehicle and fled through the apartment complex,” Cardoza said, explaining that deputies chased him on foot and caught up with the man at a fast food restaurant on Mission Trail.

The driver of the Kia sped away from police. He abandoned the car at a mobile home park in the 300 block of E. Ellis Street and took off on foot, but police caught up with him in an abandoned field on E. Pottery Street, Cardoza said.

A records check on the Kia revealed it was reported stolen out of the City of Westminster. The weapon used in the armed robbery was recovered, along with additional evidence that led police to an apartment in the 17000 block of Grand Avenue in Lakeland Village, where additional stolen property was recovered, according to the sergeant.

The driver of the vehicle, Justin Val Miller, 22, of Ladera Ranch, was arrested on suspicion of armed robbery, vehicle theft, possession of stolen property, felony evading, and assault with a deadly weapon; the passenger, Nickolas Daniel McNally, 24, of Lake Elsinore, was arrested on suspicion of armed robbery, being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm, possession of stolen property, and committing a felony offense while out on bail, the sergeant said.

Both men were nabbed around 1:30 p.m. Thursday and are due to appear in court Monday.

According to court records, McNally was charged this past spring with felonies including assault with a firearm, making criminal threats and vandalism. Court records show he pleaded not guilty to the charges and the case has been referred to Mental Health Court. He has also been charged with inflicting corporal injury on his spouse/coinhabitant; a plea has not been entered on that charge, court records show. McNally posted a bond and was released from custody as his case continues, according to court records.

In 2009 McNally was convicted on a charge of inflicting corporal injury on a child, and on January 13, 2010 he was sentenced to two years in state prison, according to court records.

 

10/19 UPDATE at 9 a.m.: Police activity in the McDonald's parking lot at Lakeshore and Diamond drives Thursday netted the arrest of a felon suspected of second-degree robbery.

The arrest of Nickolas Daniel McNally, 24, was made by Lake Elsinore Sheriff's Station deputies at 1:41 p.m. Thursday.

McNally, who police say is a felon, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree robbery and receiving stolen property; he was also nabbed for being a felon in possession of a firearm and committing a felony while on bail/release, jail records show.

It's not immediately clear how police tracked McNally to the Lake Elsinore location, but a clerk at McDonald's said the incident did not involve the restaurant.

McNally is due to appear in court Monday.

He was charged this past spring with felonies including assault with a firearm, making criminal threats and vandalism, according to court records that also show he pleaded not guilty to the charges and the case has been referred to Mental Health Court. He has also been charged with inflicting corporal injury on his spouse/coinhabitant; a plea has not been entered on that charge, court records show. McNally posted a bond and was released from custody as his case continues, according to court records.

In 2009 McNally was convicted on a charge of inflicting corporal injury on a child, and on January 13, 2010 he was sentenced to two years in state prison, according to court records.

A second arrest Thursday may also be tied to McNally's case, but police have not confirmed a connection. Moments before the McDonald's parking lot incident, deputies arrested Justin Val Miller, 22, at Pottery and Rupard streets in Lake Elsinore. The arrest was made at 1:30 p.m. Thursday and according to jail records Miller was booked on suspicion of second-degree robbery, receiving stolen property, assault with a deadly weapon, evading police, and reckless driving.

Miller is also due to appear in court on Oct. 22.

 

10/18 ORIGINAL POST: Police are investigating a robbery today in Lake Elsinore at Lakeshore and Diamond drives, police have confirmed.

Riverside County Sheriff’s Department deputy Albert Martinez said the robbery report was called in to police at 12:48 p.m.

Residents are reporting police activity and a helicopter in the area.

Stay tuned for more information.

Richard October 18, 2012 at 09:46 PM
They arrested a guy who was inside the McDonalds on Diamond Drive.
robyn October 18, 2012 at 09:46 PM
cops everywhere ,then saw them escort a handcuffed guy out of mcdonalds,medics arrived but were not needed...
Anthony October 18, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Who or what got robbed? Was it a business or a person? Come on Patch!
just my 2 cents October 18, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Who, What, When, Where. and Why! Without any facts you are just a gossip column.
Alex October 19, 2012 at 03:23 AM
I'm not sure if it had anything to do with it but I was driving past mc Donald's headed towards main st and I had seen like 6 cop car and 1 motor cop past me headed the opposite direction and a few minutes later while I was on main st a newer white car flew past me on the on coming traffic side going like 60mph it was crazy...3 seconds later like 6 cop cars were chasing him
Kristin October 19, 2012 at 03:34 AM
That was him Alex. I saw him drive past the smoke shop I work at two times (liberty smoke shop on mission trail). The second time he was driving in oncoming traffic. Pretty scary...
Fahra Allanson-Barney October 19, 2012 at 04:08 AM
So what is the update Patch???
Teecee October 19, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Just heard from a neighbor there have been breakins in my neighborhood near Lincoln & Machado...a couple were spotted...anyone know of this..occurred yesterday; 10/19/12
Diana October 19, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Our City open the gates for these kind of people to move here, our affordable housing is nothing more then a magnet for trouble. I can understand burglaries on Macho & Lincoln, look who lives in the area of apartments on Lincoln, Riverside Dr & Grand, not to mention the Bird Tract off of Lincoln we all know the reputation that this area has. We need to get our property values up, clean up our town, raise the rents and get the undesirables OUT of our town, until that happens crime will run rampid. Invest in an alarm system, it does work.
censored messenger October 19, 2012 at 07:20 PM
We need to follow Maricopa County's example and erect tent prisons in the desert, using the Marines stationed there for guard. In this fashion we can sweep the Elsinore area AND help build a new prison with forced labor....cheap, since no unions involved
Anon October 19, 2012 at 08:37 PM
CM you are right. We need to make them never want to go back. Wearing pink, living in a tent and eating PB and J is going to def help!
Reverend Smith October 19, 2012 at 09:36 PM
I didn't read anything about where these suspect arrested at McDonalds lived. He well could be living in Canyon Lake or Tuscany Hills for what anyone knows. Lots of times, career criminals will find someone who's rented or bought a house in a nice area and they'll live there, not having any vehicle registration, cell phone or other documentation linked to that address so the authorities never find them. So do we level Canyon Lake and Tuscany too? The other guy, Miller lived off near the freeway east of Main. This is one of the oldest areas of Elsinore. What do we do, bulldoze all of Elsinore that's not part of housing built after 1985? If you really want to spark a revolution of the masses, go ahead. But you'll need more than a burglar alarm to defend yourself. There are places where there is no low cost housing. Anyone is free to move there.
Brittaney October 19, 2012 at 09:40 PM
If they choose to do the crime now they can do the time. In my eyes I believe they should be put the prison in the desert but without tents, lay some blankets down make them sleep there without privacy. Put cuffs on there ankles and make them pick up trash, or something. I'm 22 and is sickened by what has been happen in this town. It's not going to get better unless the community of Elsinore gets together and makes it better. I love it here but hate what these people are turning it into. When I moved in 2005 I didn't hear much about crime now something is happening everyday.
Diana October 19, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Oh Reverend please, you can't be serious to not relate the crime that goes on here to the housing and some people that live here? Gee I wish I could look at this town with the same rose colored glasses that you seem to be looking through, but on second thought I would rather just keep my self informed and eyes wide open to where I live, I have no problem with reality, it is what it is and I choose to live here, but on the flip side of that it doesn't mean that our City officials shouldn't take responsibility for the blight and crime that goes on.
Balance October 20, 2012 at 04:19 AM
Diana, grammar! "nothing more THAN, not THEN" - you do this a lot! And, "crime will run RAMPANT, not RAMPID". I know I am anal. Forgive me. It's not just you. People posting on Patch regularly misuse "there", "their" and "they're" too....or is it two? to? Ok....I've just opened myself up to be slammed by many. But, please! It's English!
Diana October 20, 2012 at 04:32 AM
Thanks Balance for the grammar lesson :)
Brad October 20, 2012 at 08:31 AM
Has anybody seen the gang that has formed off S Spring St and Graham Ave? They aggressively panhandle at the Arco Gas Station. The POP team needs to get on that...
Roberto October 20, 2012 at 07:59 PM
"second arrest Thursday may also be tied to McNally's case, but police have not confirmed a connection. Moments before the McDonald's parking lot incident, deputies arrested Justin Val Miller, 22, at Pottery and Rupard streets in Lake Elsinore." REPLY: McNally went to McDonald's to to eat use the restroom and take a McDump. He then hooked up with the Hambugler who was recently laid off at McDonalds. They formed a new gang and the ringleaders name is Ronald.
Reverend Smith October 20, 2012 at 11:30 PM
The gun brandishing suspece, Justin Val Miller resides in Ladera Ranch. A Blighted tract if ever there was one. They surely ought to level the place as it is a den of thieves.
Chalino Sanchez October 21, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Deport them! Those illegal Europeans!

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