SOLEDAD, Calif. - A man is behind bars after an attempted carjacking and robbery in Soledad.
Police said it happened at 6:05 p.m. on Tuesday, September 12th, at the Metro PCS Store on H De La Rosa Sr. Drive.
The suspect, identified as 28-year-old Antonio Vargas Junior, walked into the store and waited until customers left to demand money from the clerk. According to police, Vargas Junior concealed his hand in a blue bag acting like he had a weapon and demanded the clerk give him money telling the clerk if she didn't, “bad things would happen.” The suspect then got away with close to $800 in cash.
Police said before the robbery, Vargas Junior also tried stealing a car nearby with a woman and her child inside.
The suspect was later caught at a nearby shopping center thanks in part to a security guard who chased the suspect through the shopping center parking lot and a restaurant. The restaurant owners helped the security guard pin the suspect to the ground and hold him until police arrived.
This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Soledad Police Department.