Police arrest suspect for armed robbery on campus

The male suspect of an armed robbery on campus Monday evening is in custody, according to a campus press release.

A 20-year-old Cosumnes River College student was walking out to his car in parking lot A when he was threatened with a knife and asked to hand over his iPod Touch in hand, Police Capt. Cheryl Sears said.

The unharmed victim then ran to the campus police department when an officer saw the student and approached him, Sears said.
“This student knew exactly what to do. They had a description and direction of travel,” Sears said.

As the victim described the suspect, the suspect ran from behind a building and the officer gave chase and called in back up, Sears said. The 17-year-old suspect jumped the construction fence by the north side of campus and was surrounded in two minutes.

According to the press release, “Sacramento PD brought in a helicopter to assist Los Rios Police in finding the suspect.”

The Sacramento Police Department was called in due to construction obstacles and a K-9 unit found the suspect hiding under the bleachers, Sears said.

“The iPod Touch was recovered and the suspect was booked into Sacramento County Jail,” according to the press release.

Students should secure belongings when traveling around campus to safeguard against similar attacks, Sears said.

“We have had some, but it’s been a while,” Sears said. When robberies have occurred, weapons weren’t commonly involved and the valuables were usually visible, taken through force.

Sears encouraged students to familiarize themselves with the emergency blue phones.

“We would really like if people were especially aware of their surroundings,” Sears said.