Four teenagers — three from Richmond and one from El Sobrante — were arrested on suspicion of robbing a person at gunpoint in Pinole, police said.
The robbery was reported around 4:25 p.m. in the 600 block of Pinon Avenue. A boy and girl approached the victim who was walking on the street near San Pablo Avenue. The girl pulled a semi-automatic handgun, pointed it at the victim and the boy grabbed the victim’s shopping bags and other property, police said.
The suspects got into the backseat of a vehicle containing two other people and the car fled south on Appian way toward Interstate Highway 80, police said.
After hearing the victim’s robbery report, officers conducting an unrelated traffic stop in the Appian 80 Shopping Center saw a vehicle pass that matched the description of the one involved in the crime. They later located the car and the four suspects, two of whom were inside a Safeway grocery store, police said.
The female suspect had reportedly changed her clothes while inside the store to try to disguise her appearance, police said. She was detained as she exited and officers found her in possession of a loaded firearm, police said. A BB gun was also found discarded inside the store.
The suspects were identified as 18-year-old Richmond resident Sean Simon and three 17-year-olds, two from Richmond and one from El Sobrante.
Simon was booked into county jail on suspicion of robbery, conspiracy and violation of probation. The others were booked into juvenile hall, police said.