An Altadena gang member is behind bars after stealing from WinCo Foods just after 7 p.m., Thursday Feb. 28 in Hemet, police have reported.
Officer Gomez with the Hemet Police Department responded to the store located in the 4600 block of West Florida Avenue and learned the suspect, who was with a small child, tried to walk out of the store with hidden merchandise.
Loss prevention personnel stopped Salvador Barnes, 31, outside of the store, Sgt. Jeff Davis stated in a press release.
Barnes scuffled with loss prevention then gestured that he had a gun. Loss prevention backed off, fearing for their safety and the suspect took off running.
Loss prevention noticed a piece of mail with an address on it that Barnes dropped, Sgt. Davis added.
Officer Gomez went to a home in the 1900 block of East Devonshire Avenue and noticed the suspect and a small child inside the house.
Barnes fled out of the back of the home as officers knocked on the front door. After a short foot chase, the suspect was arrested.
He was booked into the Riverside County Jail for robbery, post community release revocation warrant and participation in a criminal street gang.
He is being held without bail.
Stephanie D. Schulte is a writer/photorapher with SWRNN. She can be reached at email@example.com.