An ex-con who allegedly robbed a Riverside supermarket while armed with a knife but was quickly apprehended by police was being held without bail Friday.

Juan Miguel Caudillo, 30, was arrested and booked Thursday into the Robert Presley Jail on suspicion of robbery and probation violations.

According to Riverside police, about 6:15 p.m., Caudillo was walking through the Stater Bros. market at 3240 La Sierra Ave. when he allegedly swiped merchandise from a shelf and tried to conceal it under his shirt.

When the store manager confronted him, the convicted felon brandished a knife, forcing the manager to retreat and call 911, at which point Caudillo bolted from the location, investigators alleged.

A patrol officer arrived moments later and obtained a description of the suspect, broadcasting it to the police department’s Air-1 helicopter crew, who were patrolling nearby, police said.

Caudillo was spotted standing outside a pizza parlor in a shopping center across the street from the supermarket, and the crew directed patrol units to the location, according to investigators.

The probationer was arrested without a struggle. No one was injured.

According to court records, Caudillo has prior convictions for auto theft, felony evading, possession of controlled substances and grand theft.

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