2nd Suspect Arrested In Connection to Shooting Death of COD Student

Ben Schenk

2nd Suspect Arrested In Connection to Shooting Death of COD Student

CREATED Mar. 2, 2012

PALM DESERT - A second suspect wanted in connection with a home invasion robbery that left a College of the Desert football player dead in now in custody.

Thursday afternoon the Riverside County Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit Investigators arrested Dyranell Kardia Robinson, a 20 year old resident of Palm Desert for home invasion robbery.

The arrest stems from a home invasion robbery which occurred on February 23, 2012 at an apartment complex located on Michigan Drive in Palm Desert. Robinson was one of the suspects involved in the home invasion robbery who fled the area to avoid arrest.

During the incident the first officer who arrived on scene observed three males running from the area dressed in dark clothing. He immediately began pursuing all three of the suspects on foot until they separated from each other.  As the suspects separated, the officer decided to follow two subjects running west bound on Michigan St. As the officer chased to the two suspects he lost sight of them for a few seconds as they rounded the corner of an apartment building.

As the officer turned the corner of the apartment building he was attacked without warning by one of the two fleeing suspects.  The suspect who attacked the officer was later identified as Frank Tanuvasa, a local college football player who was six foot-six inches tall and weighing over four hundred pounds. During the next several moments, the officer was engaged in a life or death struggle with a much larger and stronger Tanuvasa.

During the fight, Tanuvasa struck the officer with a closed fist dislocating his shoulder.  During the assault on the officer, Tanuvasa drug the officer to the ground and made numerous attempts to take his duty weapon from his holster.  The officer was ultimately able to maintain control of his handgun and shot Tanuvasa in self-defense, fearing for his life.  Tanuvasa sustained a single gunshot wound to the chest and later died at Eisenhower Hospital.

Robinson was arrested without incident and was booked at the Riverside County jail in Indio. Robinson’s bail has been set at $500,000.00.

Robinson attends College of the Desert and practices with the football team, athough he is currently not on the roster.