Robert Hernandez, co-owner of the Silver Dollar Pancake House in Corona, stands in front of a door to a storage room that was set ablaze on Nov. 13 and Nov. 14, 2020. The door was burned at the bottom and at the top. Authorities were seeking three suspects. (Brian Rokos, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

Robert Hernandez can’t figure out why someone set fire to his Silver Dollar Pancake House in Corona — not once this month, but twice.

The fires did minor damage to the door of an outside storage room and haven’t affected the operation of the 58-year-old landmark. Hernandez says the restaurant at 710 E. Sixth St., which he owns with wife Diana, is Corona’s oldest.

“I don’t know what to make of it,” he said Wednesday, Nov. 25. “I don’t have problems with anybody. We’re kind of puzzled.”

The Corona police and fire departments are seeking the public’s help in identifying three men who were filmed by surveillance cameras.

Deputy Fire Marshal Xente Baker said that based on the suspects’ appearances, he does not believe the men are transients. City Park, where some transients gather, is near the restaurant.

The first fire was reported at 5:05 a.m. on Nov. 13. Hernandez said the arsonist was seen stuffing burning paper through a hole in the door before fleeing. A Fire Department news release said he was wearing black and red Nike Air Max shoes, dark denim jeans with a light-colored emblem on both back pockets, a black baseball-style cap, black gloves, and a black, red and white leather motorcycle jacket. The man was described as 5-foot-9 to 6 feet tall with a thin to medium build and a light complexion.

The next morning, at about 4:05, a second fire was set. The suspect was filmed jamming lit paper through a gap in the top of the door, Hernandez said. He then vanished into City Park. He was wearing dark pants, dark-colored athletic shoes and a light grey hooded sweatshirt. He was described as 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-10 tall with a medium build.

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A second suspect in that fire, believed to have been a lookout, was filmed and was described as having short black hair, a thin mustache, wearing light-colored or faded denim jeans, a light grey hooded sweatshirt and maroon athletic shoes.

The Silver Dollar Pancake House in Corona suffered minor damage to a door to a storage room in arson fires on Nov. 13 and Nov. 14, 2020. Authorities were seeking three suspects. (Brian Rokos, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

Authorities ask anyone who recognizes the suspects to call dispatchers at 951-736-2230, Option No. 3. Tipsters also may contact Baker at 951-736-2257 or, or Corona police at 951-736-2330, Option #1.

“We’ll get them,” Baker said.



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