Richmond man, 19, arrested for gunpoint robbery in San Pablo

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San Pablo Police Car Courtesy of SPPD.

A 19-year-old Richmond man has been arrested in connection with a gunpoint robbery Tuesday at a San Pablo restaurant.

On Tuesday afternoon, an employee of the unnamed restaurant had returned from the bank and was confronted by an armed suspect in front of the business, police said.

The suspect did not injure the victim but fled with a bag of cash.

Security cameras in San Pablo helped police detectives identify both the suspect vehicle and the suspect, identified as 19-year-old Richmond resident Tyrone Ratliff.

Tyrone Ratliff, 19, of Richmond, and the getaway car (photos courtesy of the San Pablo Police Department)

At around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, security cameras alerted officers that the suspect vehicle had returned to San Pablo. Officers stopped the car and detained the occupants, who were not involved in the crime, and towed the vehicle as evidence.

San Pablo police sent out a Priority Oriented Policing (POP) Unit that tracked Ratliff down in Richmond.

“He tried to elude officers, but thanks to Officer Kullar (and his K9 partner Sultan), and Officer Brown, Ratliff had no choice but to surrender peacefully to officers,” police said.

He was arrested and booked into county jail, and search warrants served at Ratliff’s home “recovered evidence linking him to the crime,” police said.

The gun used in the crime has not been located, police said.