Hermiston Police News - Robbery suspects arrested and charged

Release Date: 
12/29/2011

On the 28th of December 2011, at approximately 2:27 PM, officers were dispatched to Fiesta Foods located at 1875 N 1st Street, Hermiston, on a report of a dispute taking place in the parking lot possibly involving loss prevention employees from the store.  Officers arrived within minutes and took two males into custody.

Investigation revealed Elijio Antonio Mendoza 25 years of age of 1650 2nd Street, Umatilla and Steven Arreguin Grimaldo 20 years of age of 900 Old River Road, Umatilla, had attempted to steal around $10 in merchandise from the store to include beer.  As loss prevention employee attempted to stop the act from happening, both Mendoza and Grimaldo used physical force to avoid apprehension.

Mendoza was processed at the Hermiston Police Department, charged with (1) count of Robbery in the Third Degree and (1) count of Theft in the Third Degree.

Grimaldo who was initially giving a false name to hide his true identity, was processed at the Hermiston Police Department and charged with (1) count of Robbery in the Third Degree, (1) count of Theft in the Third Degree, and (1) count of False Information to a Police Officer.  Grimaldo was also the subject of several warrants for his arrest out of (Greeley) Colorado including Attempted Murder and Assaulting a Police Officer.

Both Mendoza and Grimaldo were lodged at the Umatilla County Jail in Pendleton.  Both Mendoza (17 arrests and 41 cites) and Grimaldo (9 arrests and 28 cites) have been well known to the Hermiston Police Department.

Robbery in the Third Degree in Oregon is a Class C Felony and takes place if/when a person “committing or attempting to commit theft or unauthorized use of a vehicle as defined in ORS 164.135 the person uses or threatens the immediate use of physical force upon another person with the intent of preventing or overcoming resistance to the taking of the property or to retention thereof immediately after the taking….”