Charges Pending Against Super Target Robbery Suspect

The family of 27-year-old Joshua Danielson claims he has been wrongly accused in the crime; they've hired an attorney in an attempt to clear his name.

Charges were still pending against a Murrieta man named the suspect in an iPad robbery from Super Target.

Murrieta police arrested Joshua Ryan Danielson, 27, on Oct. 12 in connection with the Sept. 27 strong-armed robbery at 27818 Clinton Keith Road.

The suspect in the incident allegedly punched a Target sales associate in order to make off with two iPads valued at $599 each, according to Murrieta police.

Police on Oct. 12 announced Danielson had been positively identified as the suspect through a crime flier and surveillance video they had distributed to law enforcement agencies and local media.

Danielson, who does not show a felony criminal record in Riverside County, posted $30,000 bail within hours of his arrest.

His family claims Danielson has been wrongly accused in the crime; they've hired an attorney in an attempt to clear his name.

"This is a 100 percent mis-identification case," said Murrieta-based attorney John Pozza. "In my 18 years defending citizens' constitutional rights I have never seen such a rush to justice with so little substance or probable cause."

Murrieta police contend there was probable cause in his arrest, and are preparing the case for submission to the Riverside County District Attorney's Office.

Murrieta police Lt. Tony Conrad, who oversees the department's detective bureau, gave this statement to Patch:

"The Murrieta Police Department Detective Bureau continues to investigate this case. As with any felony case that comes into the Detective Bureau, we handle the case with relentless follow up and look at all aspects of the case. 

"The reality is, the Police Department’s arrest of Mr. Danielson was made on the basis of probable cause. The investigation does not conclude after the arrest until all leads and/or evidence available to us is examined. At the conclusion of this process, the case will be presented to the District Attorney for prosecution. 

"The prosecution decision lies with the District Attorney’s Office. The Murrieta Police Department always has and always will investigate our cases at the highest level possible. This case is no different. 

"We do encourage anyone in the Target store or in the Target parking lot on the night of this incident (Sept. 27 between 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.) to come forward. Detective Sgt. Phillip Gomez is the point of contact for this case. Sgt. Gomez can be reached at 951-461-6356."

Paul February 25, 2013 at 09:33 AM
Read the follow-ups to this story at. Patch Article Dec 14, 2012. “Lack of evidence clears Murrieta Man“. (DA does not file charges, citing lack of evidence) 24 comments http://murrieta.patch.com/articles/lack-of-evidence-clears-murrieta-man-once-implicated-in-super-target-ipad-robbery?ncid=newsltuspatc00000001 If you go there it will display links on the right side to these earlier stories, 1. Patch, Oct 10, 2012, “Police Seek Suspect in Super Target iPad Robbery” The robbery occurred Sept. 27, 2012 18 COMMENTS The article links to a VIDEO several minutes long showing the man entering the store, grabbing the iPads, and running out the door. Police are looking for a man about 5 feet 8 to 10 inches tall and 20-25 years old. The video shows a man about 5 feet 8 to 10 inches tall entering the doorway. 2. Patch, Oct 12, 2012, “UPDATED: Suspect in Target iPad Robbery ID’d” 219 COMMENTS. That’s right, there were 219 comments, mostly supporting Josh.. The link to the VIDEO is in this article too. 3. Patch, Oct 23, 2012, Charges Pending against Super Target Robbery Suspect 88 COMMENTS, 4. Patch, Dec 14, “Lack of Evidence Clears Murrieta Man.” 24 comments SEE ABOVE FOR A LINK TO THIS STORY
Paul February 25, 2013 at 10:18 AM
Yes trisha, this is a real story! I have posted references below to some more PATCH articles in this tragic story. It could have ended worse much, but it is bad enough. It was a bad experience for Josh and his parents. There were also expenses for bail, then hiring an attorney even though he had not yet been charged by the DA. Hopefully it was a bad experience for the detectives in their rush for judgement and they will have learned something from this. Eye witness identifications are frequently not very good. Just Google "Eye witness identification" and you will find a large body of information. Someone gave the detectives Josh's name, The detectives showed witnesses his driver's license picture and they alledgedly said yes that is him. So they went and arrested Josh. The detectives had watched the video, or should have. I think they should have stopped and NOT arrested Josh as soon as they saw Josh in person and then just talked with him and maybe verified his alibi for their report. It should have been obvious to them that he could not possibly be the alledged robber in the video. I, and several other persons, explained in detail in the various comments how a 6 feet three inch high man = 75 inches tall passing under the door way frame that is about 81 inches high with 6 inches to spare is obviously not how how a 5 foot 8 inch man looks (a 67 inch tall man under a 81 inch door frame, with 14 inches to spare).
Paul February 25, 2013 at 10:31 AM
Here is a further comment on this article. Patch, Oct 12, 2012, “UPDATED: Suspect in Target iPad Robbery ID’d” 219 COMMENTS. That’s right, there were 219 comments, mostly supporting Josh. The link to the VIDEO is in this article too. Police have arrested a man that most persons posting comments say does not look like the suspect in the VIDEO OR PICTURE and is said to be 6 foot 3 inched tall. Some one gave Josh’s name to police; they showed his Driver’s picture to witnesses that allegedly said that is him. Police went out and arrested Josh even though he is 5 to 7 inches TALLER than the robber in the video and was in another town at the time. The top of the door frame at the Target Stores in this area are lower than the door frames at some of the other stores, for example Home Depot and Lowe’s are higher. A tall man passing under the top of the doorframe with 6 inches to spare simply does NOT LOOK LIKE a shorter man passing under the frame with 14 inches to spare. Perhaps they should have just gone out and interviewed him. Then observing he did not look like the man face or build in the VIDEO and was obviously so tall he could not look like the video suspect looked passing under the top of the entrance doorway they should not have arrested him, but just interviewed him for their report, and perhaps checked out his alibi.
Paul February 25, 2013 at 11:28 AM
IF the link above to the Patch Article does not work, use this one. "Lack of Evidence Clears Murrieta Man." http://murrieta.patch.com/articles/lack-of-evidence-clears-murrieta-man-once-implicated-in-super-target-ipad-robbery?ncid=newsltuspatc00000001
Josh Danielson May 07, 2013 at 12:10 AM
Kekia u know where I live loser, I never did nothing little gamer and shit talker!!!!!


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