Nicholas Simbolon : Arrest Made in Deadly Follow-Home Robbery That Left One Dead in San Dimas

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : Authorities have announced the arrest of a suspect in connection with a deadly follow-home robbery in San Dimas. The incident, which occurred on the evening of November 29, resulted in the death of Nicholas Simbolon, a 42-year-old man. Deputies were called to the scene on Hawkbrook Drive after receiving reports of the incident. Upon arrival, they found Simbolon suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. Despite the efforts of medical personnel, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Simbolon was followed home from an electric vehicle charging station in West Covina. Surveillance video from the area helped authorities capture the suspect’s license plate. On Thursday morning, the suspect, identified as 33-year-old Jerrid Joseph Powell, was spotted in Beverly Hills driving the same vehicle and was subsequently taken into custody. During the arrest, deputies also recovered a gun that matches the description of the weapon used in the crime.

Simbolon, a tenured L.A. County employee, worked as a project manager in the IT department for the chief executive officer. Colleagues and officials praised his contributions to the office, highlighting his role in developing software applications that improved service delivery. Simbolon’s family, devastated by his loss, described him as a loving husband, father of two, and a devoted churchgoer.

Sheriff Robert Luna emphasized that follow-home robberies are not uncommon in L.A. County. Criminals often target individuals wearing jewelry, driving luxury vehicles, or businesses generating large amounts of cash. He expressed concern over the traumatizing impact of these robberies on community members and stressed the need for increased safety.

The arrest of Powell brings some closure to the case, as authorities believe the incident was isolated and that the suspect acted alone. There is no evidence to suggest that Simbolon and Powell knew each other.

As the community mourns the loss of a beloved family man, questions arise about the long-term effects on his children and wife. Simbolon’s aunt, Fanny Prentice, expressed her anguish and questioned why such tragedy befalls good people. The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department extends their condolences to the family and reassures the public that they are committed to ensuring the safety of their community.

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