A man suspected of robbery and assault with a deadly weapon has been arrested, the Costa Mesa Police Department announced Thursday.
Jose Guadalupe Arce-Dominguez, 31, of Costa Mesa was arrested Tuesday after a Costa Mesa police officer saw him in the area of Newport Boulevard and Vanguard Way and noticed he matched the description of the man wanted in connection with an assault with a deadly weapon reported last Thursday, according to Roxi Fyad, the Costa Mesa Police Department’s public affairs manager.
Officers responded to the 1900 block of Harbor Boulevard on March 18 and contacted victims who said they left a businesses and were laughing as Arce-Dominguez was passing by on a skateboard.
Arce-Dominguez allegedly became upset and asked the victims what they were laughing at before brandishing a knife and lifting his shirt to reveal a handgun, Fyad said.
The victims retreated into the business and Arce-Dominguez fled the scene, Fyad said.
Arce-Dominguez is also suspected of a robbery reported at about noon last Friday in the 2100 block of Placentia Avenue, according to Fyad.
Officers arrived at the scene and spoke to a victim who said Arce-Dominguez confronted her after claiming she parked her car too close to his bicycle, according to Fyad.
Arce-Dominguez allegedly punched the woman, who fell to the ground and dropped her cellphone. Arce-Dominguez allegedly grabbed the victim’s phone and fled the area on foot. A responding officer pursued Arce-Dominguez and a perimeter was set up, but he was not located, Fyad said.
Students and teachers at three nearby schools were advised to shelter in place during the search, Fyad said.
Arce-Dominguez was arrested for an outstanding warrant and taken to the Costa Mesa Police Department jail. He was later recognized for the last Friday’s robbery, booked on both crimes and taken to the Orange County Jail, Fyad said.