Arrest Made in Merced Gas Station Robberies Print
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Monday, 26 March 2012 13:20

MERCED - The responsible for the robbery and attempted robbery that occurred at the Smiley’s Shell gas station earlier this month has been arrested by Officer Ramon Ruiz. The arrest was made on Friday night in the 1800 block of I St. The suspect has been identified as Fredrick Brigham.

The first robbery occurred on March12th at approximately 2045 hours. The suspect entered the gas station wearing a dark color sweatshirt with a hoodie demanding money from the clerk. The suspect had his hand in his sweatshirt and simulated as if he had a handgun. The suspect was last seeing running northbound from the station. It was reported approximately 800 hundred dollars was taken during the robbery.


 

The second robbery occurred on March 16th at 1831 hours. The suspect again entered the store and demanded money. When the clerk armed himself with a wrench, the suspect took off running northbound from the store. On  March 24th, Officer Ruiz developed information that Brigham, who is a parolee at large out of Sacramento for robbery was staying at a residence in the 1800 block of I St. After contacting the resident, who was also on probation with search and seizure, Ruiz saw Brighamsitting in a bedroom. Brigham was arrested without incident. Ruiz, who was working during one of the incident at Smiley’s Shell, believed Brigham match the description of the suspect.

Ruiz started to question Brigham, who admitted he committed the robberies by himself. Brigham believed he had taken approximately 300 hundred dollars in the first robbery, but stated he also drop some money while running away from the station. Brigham admitted to spending the money from the first robbery and since he believed it was easy to do, it went back a second time. During the second robbery, Brigham took off running when the clerk armed himself. Brigham admitted it was the same clerk on duty during both robberies. Brigham admitted after each incident, he ran to the Siesta Motel across the street. He further advised he no longer has the clothing articles he was wearing during the robberies and only simulated that he had a gun.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is requested to call Detective Chris Russell at (209) 385-4707, or the Merced Police Department Tipster Line at (209) 385-7742.