Three people described by police as having ties to white supremacists were taken into custody for allegedly staging a robbery of a couple in gated Irvine Cove on Sunday evening.
The male victim told police he was forced to lie in the street near Riviera Drive and turn over his valuables to a knife-wielding bandit that threatened to stab him. The robber, whose face was obscured by a bandana, approached the unidentified man and his female companion from behind as they were leaving the beach about 8:30 p.m. The bandit fled with the victim’s wallet, new iPhone 4S and the keys to his 2003 Mercedes.
The following day, law enforcement authorities located the stolen car at a Costa Mesa hotel and
eventually arrested the two alleged accomplices Monday, Oct. 24. Through interviews, detectives learned the female robbery victim staged the crime because she thought he might possess expensive belongings, Lt. Jason Kravetz said. Police took her into custody in the home of the male robbery victim, 26, of Mission Viejo, who expressed shock when informed his erstwhile girlfriend set him up, Kravetz said.
Police arrested Tasmen Lamont Lorenson, 29, of Costa Mesa, for three felony charges of robbery, auto theft and conspiracy to commit a crime; Cassaira Leann Simmons, 19, also of Costa Mesa, who allegedly drove the stolen car, for possession of stolen property; and Alana Cosette Hayes, 27, of Mission Viejo, for four felony charges of robbery, auto theft, conspiracy to commit a crime and possession of a controlled substance.
All of the arrested individuals are believed to be associated with various Orange County white supremacist groups, Kravetz said.
The pair gained access to Irvine Cove because Hayes’ has a relative who lives there, Kravetz said.