The parents of Jason Cullen, Highland resident who was killed in the armed robbery of Highland Jewelry and Loan on Jan. 10, are offering a $5,000 reward for information that assists in the arrest and conviction of the two at-large homicide suspects responsible.
Delores Cullen who, with her husband Steve has owned the pawnshop for the past 18 years, shared that her family, the San Bernardino Police Department and the district attorney’s office are determined to capture and stop the suspects.
“District Attorney Mike Ramos and the police are desperate to catch them and have made the case a top priority, and we want to do all we can to help,” Delores said.
“We going to solve this case. Our team of investigators know we will solve this case,” Sgt. Emil Kokesh said, adding that they willing to work with the family to obtain all the information that could help.
It’s the immediate violence of the attackers’ actions that has the Cullens offering the reward.
“Their intent was to kill everyone in the building, not just rob,” Delores said. “We’re deeply concerned because these people have no value for life. My husband and I are offering $5,000 reward for any information that leads to their arrest. It’s worth stopping these guys.”
“Somebody knows something,” she adds, “but people are scared.”
Jason was killed when two suspects wearing dark clothing and surgical masks entered the pawnshop and immediately threw a Molokov cocktail-like incendiary device at the counter and opened fire, according to a release from the San Bernardino Police Department. Three people were injured.
Jason pulled his own gun and returned fire causing the suspects to flee but not before being shot in the abdomen, Delores said. He later died in the hospital.
“This is a way my son would have wanted to die. He’s always been the kind to give the shirt off his back, willing to do anything he could to help others,” Delores said. “I take solace in that.”
Jason graduated from Redlands East Valley in 2004 and was the father of two boys, ages 2 and 6.
According to Delores, investigating officers are looking into the possibility that this attack may have been committed by the same suspects who shot two people in a similarly violent attack at Tony’s Jewelry and Loan, just east on Highland Avenue, on Sept. 21.
According to San Bernardino Police, the two suspects fled in a vehicle traveling south on Valaria Drive and then crashed into a fence along Interstate 210. They then fled on foot.
Witnesses decried the suspects as two black males of medium build, both wearing dark pants, black hoods and surgical masks.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective William Flesher (909) 384-5655 or Sergeant Emil Kokesh (909) 384-5413 of San Benrardino Police Department Homicide Unit.