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Santa Monica Resident, 20, Arrested For Robbing Arco Gas Station Patron: APB: Up In Smoke

On Sunday, Sept. 11, at 12:48 a.m. officers of the Santa Monica Police Department went to the Arco gas station, located at 2555 Lincoln Boulevard in order to respond to a report of a strong-arm robbery.

When the officers arrived at the scene they immediately saw that the suspect was at the cashier’s window, so they detained him for questioning.

The officers learned from the victim that while he was at the gas station he had accidentally stepped on the shoes of the suspect, and evidently this was just too much of an affront for the suspect because he had become very angry, and had then told the victim that if the he did not buy him a packet of cigarettes he would be assaulted by the suspect.

The victim complied with this demand, but even this was not enough compensation in the mind of the suspect because he then demanded cash from the victim.

The victim, in fear for his safety, gave the suspect all of his cash as well.

The victim had then left the immediate area and called the police.

After the victim had identified the suspect, the officers arrested this 20-year-old Santa Monica person and took him off to jail where he was charged with robbery, and a probation violation. The bail for this alleged suspect was set at $50,000.

Editor’s Note: These reports are part of a regular police coverage series entitled “Alert Police Blotter” (APB), which injects some minor editorial into certain police activities in Santa Monica. Not all of the Mirror’s coverage of incidents involving police are portrayed in this manner. More serious crimes and police-related activities are regularly reported without editorial in the pages of the Santa Monica Mirror and its website, smmirror.com

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