Martinez Police have a 23-year-old parolee in custody after an attempted armed robbery at the Wal-Mart store in Martinez Tuesday morning.
Police also recovered a pistol presumably used in the robbery after pursuing the suspect’s car into a dead end and taking the person into custody.
Investigators said police communications received a 911 call from the store at 1021 Arnold Drive at 10:53 a.m. Tuesday, the caller describing a light skinned male with blonde hair and sunglasses brandishing a pistol, demanding money and escaping in a red/black Jeep Wrangler with paper plates.
The suspect car was spotted by officers responding to the robbery call and they gave chase when the driver fled on eastbound Highway 4, initiating a short chase that came to an end in the 3900 block of Camino Del Sol – after the driver attempted to drive through cyclone fencing at the end of the street.
Police said the driver, identified as 24-year-old Michael Garcia, threw a pistol out of the car before he was taken into custody, according to police, and that weapon was recovered along with a “large sum” of cash, though the exact amount isn’t being released at this time.
Garcia was booked into county jail for robbery, evading, parole violation, and other gun-related charges. Garcia is also believed to have been responsible for at least one other robbery of a Wal-Mart in Tracy, according to police.