A man accused of flashing a gun while robbing a Norco convenience store was arrested two days later in Barstow, sheriff’s officials said Sunday.
The armed robbery occurred at around 1 a.m. Wednesday at a gas station in the 3100 block of Hamner Avenue, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
Employees told authorities that a man walked into the store, flashed a firearm, demanded money from the register and dashed out the door once he received the cash, sheriff’s officials said.
When deputies arrived at the scene, they canvassed the area but were unable to find the suspect. But using video surveillance footage, investigators were able to retrieve the license plate number of the suspect vehicle, sheriff’s officials said.
Two days later, the suspect vehicle registered on an automated license plate reader being used by Barstow police. Officers attempted to pull the vehicle over, but the suspect sped off before losing control and crashing into a curb, sheriff’s officials said.
The suspect then hopped out of the vehicle and fled on foot but was quickly apprehended.
“After a search warrant was obtained for the suspect’s vehicle, deputies located a loaded 9mm Tec-9 pistol, specific clothing items and a backpack used by the suspect in the robbery,” sheriff’s officials said.
The suspect was identified as Dominique Isiah Harris, 32, of Barstow.
Harris was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center on suspicion of robbery, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of an assault weapon and possession of ammunition by a felon.
Harris remained jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail.
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