Gang Member Arrested In San Rafael Supermarket Robbery Attempt

SAN RAFAEL (CBS SF) – A documented Sureno gang member was arrested for an attempted robbery Thursday night at a San Rafael market, a police lieutenant said.

Three people who did not want to pay for soda got into an argument with a security guard at the Mi Pueblo Supermarket at 330 Bellam Blvd. around 8:45 p.m., San Rafael police Lt. Dan Fink said.

KCBS’ Holly Quan Reports:

One of the three people pulled out what is believed to be a semi-automatic handgun and told the guard he was going “to put a bullet in him”, Fink said.

The guard backed away from the three people, who then fled the market, Fink said.

Police detectives viewed surveillance video in the market and identified 18-year-old Walfre Jose Rios, of San Rafael, as the person who threatened the guard, Fink said.

Police searched for Rios, a documented Sureno gang member, and found him around 1 a.m. Friday in the 400 block of Bahia Way in San Rafael, Fink said.

Rios was arrested without incident and was booked into the Marin County Jail for assault with a deadly weapon, criminal threats, attempted robbery, and being a gang member in possession of a concealed weapon, Fink said.

Rios is being held on $75,000 bail and a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold.

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