Man arrested in armed robbery of Walmart clerk in Martinez, allegedly leads police on vehicle pursuit

Michael Garcia
Michael Garcia

MARTINEZ (KRON) — Martinez police have arrested a 24-year-old man Tuesday morning for allegedly robbing a Walmart clerk at gunpoint and then leading police on a vehicle pursuit, according to police.

Police said they got a call about the armed robbery at around 10:53 a.m. at the store, located on 1021 Arnold Drive. During the investigation, police found that the suspect, who has been identified as Michael Garcia, allegedly brandished a gun and demanded that the clerk give him money.

The clerk complied, and Garcia took an unknown amount of cash and sped away in a Jeep Wrangler with a paper license plate, according to police.

Responding officers saw the suspect vehicle as Garcia fled on eastbound state Highway 4, police said, and a pursuit was initiated.

After exiting the highway shortly thereafter, Garcia allegedly led the officers through Martinez streets before the pursuit came to an end in the 3900 block of Camino Del Sol in the unincorporated community of Vine Hill.

He had attempted to drive through fencing at the end of the dead-end street just outside Martinez, police said.

Police said Garcia tossed a handgun out of the vehicle before he was taken into custody. A large sum of cash was also recovered at the scene, police said.

Garcia was arrested on counts of robbery, evading and gun-related charges. Police said he also was on parole and faces a violation for that.

Police said he is believed to be responsible for another robbery of a Walmart in Tracy.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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