Brutal Old Town Temecula Killing Prompts Reward

“I didn’t know him, but the story really touched me,” said Chuck Dunn, owner of SoCal Sk8 & Surf in Murrieta.

Following the beating death of man who worked at a Temecula music shop, a Murrieta business owner says he is offering a reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the killer(s).

Chuck Dunn, who owns SoCal Sk8 & Surf on Jefferson Avenue, said the reward would come in the form of a $1,000 shopping spree at his store.

“I didn’t know him, but the story really touched me,” he said. “It’s horrible. I want to help in any way that I can.”

Edward Lawrence Robinson, 64, of Fallbrook died from injuries he sustained during a March 22 robbery at Pete’s Music & Guitar Shop on Front Street in Old Town Temecula.

Robinson, who was a Pete's employee, was found inside the store around 7:30 p.m. the day of the robbery. He was unconscious, beaten and bound. He was transported to Inland Valley Medical Center, but died at the hospital early the next day.

Robinson's tragic death prompted a candlelight vigil in Temecula on March 23. The event was attended by hundreds, including the owner of Pete's Music & Guitar Shop, Pete Surowski.

“We miss you, we love you, and life will not be the same with out you," Surowski said during the vigil. “God bless you, rest in peace."

Anyone who may have information regarding the crime is asked to call Investigator Baeza at Riverside County Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit at (951) 955-2777 or Investigator Williams at the Southwest Sheriff’s Station at (951) 696-3000.

A donation website has been set up in an effort to help the Robinson family. For information on that, click here.

KJO March 30, 2013 at 01:10 PM
I can not wait until the scumbag/scumbags are caught, I just cant shake this horrific story from my thoughts..My prayers to his family and friends, How lucky you all were to have known him he sounds like an amazing,loving,giving person...Keep your eye open for the guitar that went missing that horrible night, it has to show up somewhere sooner or later...
Kat Ellis March 30, 2013 at 03:12 PM
Thank you Chuck Dunn. Let's hope more people will contribute to a reward to catch these scumbags.
Cash March 30, 2013 at 03:26 PM
Way to go Chuck! How about the city step up and offer a reward as well? Send a message that Temecula does not stand for this crap in our town!
sam March 30, 2013 at 04:13 PM
Thank the Murrienta City Council for allowing low income housing and welcoming this element into our community. People must attend the City Council meetings and find out what they are doing to our city. Agenda 21 (Jefferson Corridor is part of it) is something that will destroy your way of life. You must demand they remove this from the City Plan.
Nick March 30, 2013 at 05:01 PM
These sound like two business owners trying to drum up business and capitalize on the brutal death of an innocent man. $1,000 shopping spree, yeah maybe the city can step up and offer a get out of jail free card, to be used in the city of Temecula.
unknownone March 30, 2013 at 06:45 PM
what does low income housing have to do with murder?
unknownone March 30, 2013 at 06:47 PM
how do you know it's not sombody who was staying at the motel 6, rodeway inn or the 5 other major hotels near old town. seriously! I used to be a cab driver and i've seen a ton of monkeys coming out of nowhere wanting a free ride.
Martisa March 30, 2013 at 07:53 PM
Where are the video camera's when we need them?
CB March 30, 2013 at 08:02 PM
Lets stop putting anger towards poor people when many these days are having a hard time and keep clear what this is about, a man murdered violently. Poor, rich, middle..doesn't matter, people from all classes do these things and for all we know, the person(s) who did this may Nottingham even be from our town. The point is to find the one who did this, not place assumptions and stereotype.
KB March 30, 2013 at 08:35 PM
I really wish more people would take the time to understand Agenda 21 instead of dismissing it as some conspiracy. Agenda 21 is the gradual conversion of private property to public property among many other things. It's easy enough to go to youtube and type in Agenda 21.
Brenda March 30, 2013 at 09:24 PM
A shopping spree is ok for an incentive but most who will give information like we need to get a conviction are not going to be public. We need someone to start a CASH reward that we can donate to. I am sure between everyone we can come up with a substantial eye catcher to someone who knows who did this. To have a crime where the robbers beat a older man to death are the worst kind of coward, sissy, gutter slime. It makes me feel that he could identify them from prior contact, ie a local, and that is why they wanted to make sure he could not give an ID. Someone ALWAYS knows and money talks.
Suzanne Schumacher March 30, 2013 at 10:25 PM
Is our city so poor they can't put up a reward? How disappointing Temecula is! Unfortunately it is true..druggie scumbags aren't going to be tempted by goodies from a surf shop, as nice as the offer was.
Adrian March 31, 2013 at 01:42 AM
Sam, please shut up.
LiLi March 31, 2013 at 09:53 AM
Will this reward be like the Dorner reward...non-existent??? I hope the perp is caught but rewards offered lately seem to be self-serving. The LAPD wanted Dorner dead - hence no payout of any reward money. Example, lethal force utilized (multiple bullets fired) against any truck that looked like his. I want to know why attempted murder charges haven't been filed against those officers. I truly hope the dirtbag who committed this crime is caught without endangering any temecula citizens.
Oldtownlife March 31, 2013 at 05:16 PM
I am really disappointed in our city, absolutely no word from anyone that they even have a remote idea or theory of who could have done this. It seems like only the caring citizens of this city are the ones trying to find answers. There should be updates to the community about leads, rewards offered, something! Every weekend someone tries to hold up a local store, and maybe thats because they know they will get away with it!
Vor April 01, 2013 at 03:18 PM
Totally agree old town
TVOR April 02, 2013 at 03:36 PM
It is critical to a police investigation to not release information that might help the perpetrator avoid capture. I am sure the information will be made public when the killer is in custody.
chuck2251 April 29, 2013 at 06:05 PM


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