Two Calif. murder suspects arrested in Reno

The Associated Press
Saturday December 08, 2001

RENO, Nev. — FBI agents and Reno police arrested a California man and a 16-year-old youth Friday wanted as suspects in the robbery and murder last week of the owner of a 99-cent store in Rubidoux, Calif. 

Anthony Eugene Brown, 28, Riverside, Calif., and the 16-year-old male from Lancaster, Calif., were arrested without incident about 12:30 p.m. Friday at a hotel near Reno’s downtown casino district, Reno Deputy Police Chief Jim Weston said. 

They were booked into the Washoe County Jail and were being held on no-bail warrants charging them with murder. 

The FBI notified Reno police earlier Friday that the two suspects wanted for a robbery murder in Riverside County, Calif., were believed to be in the Reno area. Reno officers spotted the suspects’ vehicle parked at the Horseshoe Hotel, Weston said. 

They are wanted in the death of Jamaloddin Douroudi, 46, Rubidoux, Calif. He was found dead at his store Nov. 29. He was handcuffed, shot and stabbed to death after his store was robbed of $20,000, Riverside County sheriff’s officials said. 

Authorities in Riverside earlier identified Brown as a suspect. 

His mother, Joyce Belvin, 52, told The (Riverside) Press-Enterprise last week that her son was innocent. 

“I’ve spoken with Anthony and he tells me he didn’t do it,” she told the newspaper. “I have to believe in my heart he’s innocent.”