Two Santa Rosa teenagers who police said had ties to local gangs were in custody Thursday on suspicion of committing an armed robbery three days ago at a Santa Rosa Rite Aid.
James Kamau, 18, was arrested at his home Wednesday, and Rodrigo Solorio-Chavez, 18, was arrested Thursday night after officers, who were looking for his car, spotted it in traffic and pulled him over, according to Santa Rosa Police Sgt. Dave Linscomb.
Police believe Kamau and Solorio-Chavez walked into the Rite Aid on Marlow Road at about 9 a.m. Monday, brandished a hand gun at a clerk and then made off with several bottles of prescription narcotics.
Police believe Kamau, who police said was on a supervised release for a previous offense, brandished the gun and held the clerk against her will.
“She was trying to run away and he grabbed her and dragged her and forced her to the ground,” Linscomb said. “While he was holding her, his accomplice jumped the counter and took the drugs.”
Police recommended the suspects be charged on suspicion of kidnapping with the intent to commit robbery, along with robbery and gang enhancements.
During the arrests of both teens, police found evidence connecting them to the robbery, Linscomb said.
Rite Aid employees who did not want to be identified by name, said the suspects came into the store Sunday and again shortly after 8 a.m. Monday. They then returned, wearing different clothes, robbed the store and fled on foot, escaping into a residential neighborhood behind the shopping center.
Police were aided in part by the store’s security cameras, which captured some of the robbery, Linscomb said.
The teens were each booked into county jail on $1 million bond.
Linscomb said neither the weapon, believed to be a handgun, nor the drugs that were taken have been recovered.
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