Robbery at Pavilions | Police Successfully Arrest Suspect

Police say the suspect entered the store last Sunday night at about 11 p.m. and demanded money from an employee and was arrested soon after on nearby Bank Street

A 20-year-old man was arrested Sunday, February 23, after leaving Pavilions market in the 1200 block of Fair Oaks Avenue with about $400 in cash, according to lieutenant Tom Jacobs of the South Pasadena Police Department.

Jacobs explained that SPPD Corporal Craig Phillips was patrolling the area around 11 p.m. on the night of the robbery when Pavilions’ employees came out and contacted him about the incident, saying: “Hey, we just got robbed.”

Police say the suspect entered store, partially pulled out what appeared to be a handgun from a sweater and demanded money from an employee. Officers say the store worker handed over cash and the suspect exited the store.

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After describing the suspect, Phillips was directed by Pavilions’ workers on the path he took after leaving the store and not long after police located the man. Jacobs said the suspect was among a group inside an apartment on Bank Street. After complying to come out, the store employee identified the suspect, who was then placed into custody. During a search of the apartment following the arrest, police discovered the jacket the suspect was said to be wearing, “a frame-up gun, which actually wasn’t a gun,” noted Jacobs, “and the cash as well.”