San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

Date/Time Occurred: Sunday, May 8, 2016

Crime or Incident: Attempted Robbery, Kidnapping for Robbery and False Imprisonment

Location: Rite-Aid, 4200 Chino Hills Parkway #500

Suspect: John C. Annabel, 29, resident of Chino Hills


On Sunday, May 8, 2016 John C. Annabel entered the Rite Aid store demanding OxyContin, Suboxone and other prescription drugs from the attending pharmacy technician. Annabel threatened to use a gun to hurt someone if he did not get the drugs. When the pharmacy technician refused, Annabel jumped over the counter and chased her into a restroom. Annabel grabbed her by both arms and forcefully pulled the pharmacy technician to the pharmaceutical area.


The Store Manager tried to intervene as Annabel held the pharmacy technician’s hands behind her back restricting her movements. Annabel ordered the Store Manager to give him all the drugs or he would hurt the technician. After a brief standoff, Annabel released the pharmacy technician unharmed, and fled the store. Deputy D. Emery of the Chino Hills Police Department apprehended Annabel within a block of the scene of the crime. Annabel was positively identified by the Store Manager and subsequently arrested.


If you have any questions regarding this press release, contact case agent Deputy J. Patrick at (909)364-2000.


Chino Hills Police/Sheriff’s Station


John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division

655 E. Third Street

San Bernardino, California 92415-0061

Telephone: (909) 387-3700