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2nd Fugitive Held in Robbery of Orange County Restaurant

November 08, 1987

A second jail escapee suspected of robbing a Huntington Beach restaurant and locking up 26 customers and employees has been arrested and is being held in Riverside County Jail on $100,000 bail.

Acting on a call from Garden Grove police, officers from the Corona Police Department arrested Ronald Dale Howell, 45, on Friday at the Corona TraveLodge in Riverside County, Corona Police Sgt. Mark Dobbs said.

Howell is being held on an warrant issued after his escape Sunday night from the Santa Cruz County jail.

Earlier Friday, Garden Grove police arrested Roger Lee Robinson, 21, who was wanted in connection with the same escape and robbery. Information found in the stolen van Robinson had been driving led police to believe that Howell was in Corona.

Robinson is being held in Orange County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Police said Howell and Robinson are suspects in the robbery of a Coco's Family Restaurant on Wednesday night.

Two robbers herded the female customers into a restroom and the men into a freezer--turning off the refrigeration--and bound and robbed them of about $4,500, police said.

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