MERCED — A 17-year-old was arrested recently by Merced police on suspicion of robbing a Merced College student.
The robbery was reported on Aug. 14 around 9:50 p.m. in the 1100 block of Loughborough Drive, according to Sgt. Scott Skinner.
Police said the victim was walking home after attending classes when he was attacked from behind and knocked to the ground. The victim reported that he fought back and got back on his feet, when he was approached by a second attacker.
During the attack, one of the robbers yelled out a gang name, while the other robber brandished a handgun from his waistband, according to police, and the armed robber then asked the victim whether he was "trying to get shot."
Fearing for his life, the victim handed over his cell phone. The victim reported a woman was with the robbers.
The following day, the Merced Police Department's Gang Violence Suppression Unit learned a 17-year-old on probation from Stanislaus County had removed his ankle monitor and might be in Merced at his girlfriend's residence.
Police responded to the home on Topeka Drive.
Police arrested the 17-year-old for the probation violation in the 1600 block of Conestoga Drive. Officers noticed the teenager's girlfriend had a cell phone matching the description of the one stolen during the robbery.
The girlfriend claimed the phone was given to her by her boyfriend for her birthday.
Upon further investigation, police determined the phone had been stolen from the victim. The robbery victim positively identified his phone, and identified the juvenile as the robber who brandished the gun.
During questioning, the 17-year-old male admitted to fighting someone the day before, but denied to brandishing a firearm. He claimed that after the individual he was fighting took off running, he noticed he left the phone behind so he took it. The female was questioned and released to her parents.
The 17-year-old was booked at juvenile hall on suspicion of armed robbery and probation violation. Police say the other robbery suspect remains at large.
Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call Detective Chris Russell at (209) 385- 4707, or the Merced Police Department tip line at (209) 385-6992.