Clerk fires on suspect who tried to rob neighborhood market
By Peggy Kelly
Santa Paula Police Department
Published: December 05, 2012
Santa Paula Police are searching for the suspect in an attempted armed robbery that occurred Sunday evening at a local convenience store, an incident that included the market clerk firing a shotgun at the masked gunman.
According to SPPD Sgt. Wallace Boggess, at about 8:21 p.m. December 2, officers responded to Junior’s Market, “in reference to an attempted robbery that had just occurred.” The neighborhood market is located on the 500 block of North Oak Street at the corner of East Orchard Street.
Upon arrival, officers learned “a lone suspect has entered Juniors Market, pointed a handgun at the store clerk, and demanded money.” The store clerk, said Boggess, “produced a shotgun and shot at the suspect one time.”
It did not appear the suspect was struck, but he fled the store and ran northbound on North Oak Street. Boggess said an extensive search of the area by officers did not locate the suspect, who is still being sought.
The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, approximately 20 years old, 5’5” to 5’7” tall, wearing a “black beanie pulled down to his eyes, a blue bandana covering his face to his eyes,” and a black sweatshirt with white lettering.
The investigation is ongoing, and Boggess said anyone with any information is encouraged to contact SPPD Investigations at 525-4474 x221. If the caller would prefer to remain anonymous, they can call the SPPD recorded Tip Hotline, 933-4253-1-#.
Those with information can also call Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477). Ventura County Crime Stoppers can also be contacted by texting “Busted” plus your message to CRIMES (274637). Crime Stopper Tips can also be sent via the website, www.venturacountycrimestoppers.org.
Tipsters can be eligible to receive a $1,000 reward.