MERCED — A 22-year-old man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of robbing a convenience store, leading police on a car chase and then fleeing on foot.
The robbery was reported 12:42 a.m. Tuesday at an am-pm minimarket, 1625 Highway 140, according to Merced police Lt. Tom Trindad.
Witnesses told police two men robbed the business at gunpoint and got away with an undisclosed amount of cash. They provided police with a license plate number and description of the robbers' car.
Officers spotted the car and tried to pull it over, Trindad said. The driver initially didn't stop and tried speeding away from police, he said. When the car eventually stopped, the occupants fled on foot, police said, adding that they found a rifle and other items that helped identify the vehicle's owner, Trindad said.
Later Tuesday, officers got a call about a person entering a car who matched the description of the suspect. Andre Brumfield, 22, was arrested.
After searching that car, police found money inside that might have been stolen from the convenience store. The driver, the suspect's mother, Sharon James, 47, was arrested on suspicion of being an accessory to the crime.
Police say they reviewed video to confirm Brumfield was one of the men who robbed the store. Officers are looking for the other man involved in the robbery, Trindad said.
Merced police are asking anyone with information on the crime to call Detective Deliman at (209) 385-6847 or (209) 385-4702, or the department's automated tip line at (209) 385-4725. People can send information via anonymous text messages to the police department by dialing "TIP411" (847411) and including the word "Comvip" as the keyword in the text message.
Reporter Ramona Giwargis can be reached at (209) 385-2477 or firstname.lastname@example.org.