SANTA ANA (CBSLA.com) — Charges were filed against 35-year-old man who police say used a motorized chair in a grocery store moments before getting up and robbing the manager.
Antonio Delgado Juarez, 35, who has full use of his legs, was charged with two counts of second-degree robbery, a count of second-degree burglary, carjacking, kidnapping for carjacking and kidnapping to commit robbery, all felonies.
Santa Ana police had publicized the video of the suspect following the Sept. 18 robbery at a Food 4 Less, 2140 S. Bristol St.
The robber grabbed the manager from behind, put him in a headlock and forced him into an office, where the manager and bookkeeper were ordered to fill the man’s backpack with cash, Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.
The robber then took the manager’s car keys and forced him to lead him to his 2001 Toyota Echo, which he drove off in, Bertagna said.
After the video was shown on broadcast news reports, Bertagna said tips came in that the robber was Juarez, who was already jailed in a break-in that turned violent in a Santa Ana apartment on Sept. 22.
Over the weekend, a search of Juarez’s home yielded more than $2,700 in cash, Bertagna said. The stolen Toyota was not found.
In the Sept. 22 break-in, Juarez allegedly broke into a truck but didn’t take anything. He later broke into an apartment, but was soon confronted by the tenant and his daughter, Bertagna said.
“He was in the living room, and there was only one way in or out and there was an altercation,” Bertagna said.
Juarez allegedly knocked down the resident and punched him several times before fleeing, Bertagna said. With help from officers using a helicopter, Juarez was tracked down and arrested, Bertagna said.
For those incidents, Juarez is charged with single counts each of first-degree burglary and second-degree burglary as well as three counts of vandalism, all felonies, according to court records. Juarez also faces misdemeanor counts of assault, battery and possession of burglary tools.
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