BRAWLEY — County Sheriff's deputies and Calipatria and Westmorland police joined with officers from this city early today in tracking down an armed robbery suspect.
The search ended shortly before daybreak when officers arrested Luis Juarez, 26, of Calipatria on suspicion of armed robbery.
Brawley police Lt. Henry Graham said the incident started when an officer saw two people running from the Vons parking lot shortly before 3:30 this morning.
That officer was flagged down by a man, Ronald Gibson, 59, of Brawley who said he had been approached in the Vons parking lot by a man brandishing a knife.
Gibson told police the man had threatened him at knifepoint and forced him to hand over his car keys.
Police began pursuing the individuals who had been seen running from the parking lot.
They tracked one suspect to the 100 block of D Street, where the suspect had been seen jumping over fences into area yards.