Store employee robbed at gunpoint in Tulare County, deputies say

TULARE COUNTY, California (KFSN) – Arrested on camera, a man enters the Dollar General at 192 Road in the small town of Poplar in Tulare County with a gun in his hand, demanding money.

The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office says it happened just before 7 p.m.

“It was more than $ 1,000 that the suspect escaped,” said Ashley Ritchie of the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office. “As far as we know, he went south, but I do not know if he got in a car or not or where he is.”

Ritchie says the suspect was wearing a brown jacket, probably a black sweatshirt, and spoke Spanish.

Officials say the suspect flogged the night shift clerk. Fortunately, his injuries could be treated by emergency crews at the scene.

“So many of them come with guns and you do not know what they will do, so your best bet is to work with them and give them what they want,” Ritchie said. “It’s a pretty vulnerable position to be in. Many times, you’re the only person in the store.”

The victim suffered minor injuries, but her colleague Eduardo Pomba, who did not work during her shift, says she was shaken after the unexpected and horrific night.

“He replied today that he is fine, slightly injured, and I am very happy about that,” he said.

Pomba says that in the two years he worked at Dollar General, he encountered many thefts in stores, but never with armed robbery.

“Not like that, not like that, that’s worse,” he said. “Usually, I catch thieves without a problem, but that was bad. It was bad.”

Ritchie says cashiers and clerks should always protect themselves first when dealing with armed robbery.

“Do not try to become a hero,” he said. “These suspects are coming, they want money. Do not try to fight them or talk to them. Give them what they want.”

He says this is the 14th Tulare County armed robbery of the year. They usually happen close to 99, but everyone should stay alert and always report them to 911.

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