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Riverside man arrested for strong-armed robbery

January 28, 2002|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — Police here arrested a 24-year-old Riverside man for allegedly robbing a gasoline station Sunday morning.

Brawley police Lt. John Myers said a man walked into the USA Gasoline station at 201 Main St. about 1:20 a.m. and asked for a pack of cigarettes.

When the clerk opened the cash register, the man put his right hand inside his front right-side pocket and demanded the money in the register.

Myers said the clerk, thinking the man had a weapon, placed the money tray on the counter. The robber took the money and fled.

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No weapons were ever brandished by the bandit.

A police officer heard the robber's description over the police radio and then saw a man matching the description walking a couple blocks from the robbery site. The officer attempted to arrest him but the suspect ran.

A short foot pursuit ended with Rodney Joseph Hill's arrest. He was caught a couple of blocks from the gas station that was robbed.

No weapons were found on Hill.

He was arrested for strong-armed robbery. He was being held in the county jail today with bail set at $50,000.

>> Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3441.

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