Santa Rosa police arrest man suspected in AT&T armed robbery

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Police arrested one of three men last week suspected of robbing at gunpoint a Petaluma AT&T store in December, hours after attempting to burglarize a Santa Rosa AT&T phone store.

Jerold Le Mon Scott Jr., 19, was arrested in his Sacramento home after officers with city’s SWAT team served a search warrant there, Santa Rosa Police Sgt. Kyle Philp said Tuesday.

Scott was booked on suspicion of robbery, attempted robbery, assault with a semi-automatic firearm and burglary. On Tuesday, he was transferred from Sacramento to the Sonoma County Main Jail, Philp said.

Surveillance footage from the stores shared with law enforcement around the region helped authorities identify the suspect in order to make the arrest on Wednesday, Philp said. After seeing the video, Sacramento Police and the Sacramento County Probation Department recognized Scott, because he had been on probation, as a potential suspect in the crimes at the phone stores in Sonoma County.

“We got a tip that (the suspect) was possibly this person by looking at photographs and comparing it with surveillance video,” he said.

Authorities suspect Scott and two other men entered an AT&T store on Mendocino Avenue on Dec. 18 and demanded an employee give them money and other items. The employee refused after noticing the gun was jammed, so the trio left without taking anything, police said.

About two hours later, the suspects entered a Petaluma AT&T store on McDowell Boulevard, where they again displayed a gun and forced customers and employees to get on their knees and hand over their phones and personal items, police said.

The group fled in a red sedan after an employee ran through an emergency door, setting off an alarm in the store, Petaluma police said. Petaluma officers at the time used a GPS to track one of the stolen phones and issued a shelter-in-place advisory in the Oak Hill Park neighborhood after tracing the device there.

None of the three suspects were located, but a red Suzuki car registered to an owner in Sacramento matched the vehicle description of the suspects and so some of the stolen items were found, Petaluma police said.

Santa Rosa detectives are actively pursuing tips that could lead to the arrest of the two other men suspected in the crimes, Philp said. The Petaluma Police Department and the Sacramento County Juvenile Probation Department, have helped with the case.

You can reach Staff Writer Nashelly Chavez at 707-521-5203 or nashelly.chavez@pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter @nashellytweets.

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