SAN PABLO (CBS SF) — San Pablo announced late Friday morning that a man suspected in two recent bank robberies was arrested as he attempted to rob a check-cashing business.
Police on Friday said that the suspect, identified as 30-year-old Avaun Price, was taken into custody outside of a Money Mart on San Pablo Avenue early Thursday evening.
Police said the suspect had handed a note to the employee demanding cash and claiming to have a weapon. Officers detained the suspect as he exited the business and took him into custody.
Price is suspected of being responsible for two bank robberies earlier this month.
According to police, Price walked into Chase Bank at 14330 San Pablo Ave. on June 13th at approximately 12:40 p.m. and handed a note to the teller demanding cash and claiming to have a weapon. After receiving the money, the suspect fled the scene.
Then on June 20, Price conducted a similar robbery at Citibank at 201 San Pablo Towne Center. Detectives obtained video surveillance footage of the suspect in a nearby liquor store following one of the robberies.
The suspect was described as a black male, approximately 30 years old, 5’8 – 6’0 feet tall, medium build, with a full trimmed beard.
He has distinctive tattoos on his neck (lips), left shoulder (praying hands), right forearm (unknown script), and on the back of his neck (unknown). The suspect was wearing a reflective orange and yellow vest that was discarded after the second robbery.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Sergeant Barajas of the San Pablo Police Department at (510) 215-3150 or call the Crime Stoppers Tip line, (510) 799-8255. All calls can remain anonymous.