Richmond police ask for help identifying armed robbery suspect

Richmond police ask for help identifying armed robbery suspect
Richmond police are seeking the public's help in identifying this man in connection with a robbery in Richmond on Monday, and possibly others in the East Bay. (Photo credit: RPD)

The Richmond Police Department is asking for the community’s help in identifying a suspect in an armed robbery.

The incident occurred at about 5 p.m. Monday as the victim was walking southbound in the bustling business area on the 12500 block of San Pablo Avenue, near Clinton Avenue, said Richmond police Sgt. Aaron Pomeroy.

The suspect walked toward the victim, exchanged pleasantries, then turned and followed the victim for a short distance, Pomeroy said. He then approached him, pulled out a gun and pointed it at the victim before demanding money and property.

The victim gave up the money and the suspect fled northbound on San Pablo Avenue. The victim was not injured during the incident.

The suspect was described as a possibly mixed race black man, about 6-feet-2, 160 pounds, unshaven, with long dreads and wearing a red “Adidas” style sweatshirt with zipper, white T-shirt, red sweatpants, black shoes with red stripes.

“We believe this suspect may be involved in other robberies in the East Bay,” Pomeroy said. “We are working with our law enforcement partners to identify, locate and capture this violent individual.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Robbery Det. Mauricio Canelo at (510) 620-6860, email him at [email protected] or contact Richmond’s anonymous tip line at (510) 621-1212 x1933.