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Run-in with acquaintance turns to robbery

Run-in with acquaintance turns to robbery

Francisco Abbott


POSTED August 13, 2013 8:16 p.m.

A Turlock man is recovering from injuries he sustained during a strong-armed robbery Sunday afternoon.

The victim received minor injuries, including bruises and abrasions from the assault. He did not request medical assistance, said Turlock Police spokesperson Officer Mayra Lewis.

Turlock police investigators have arrested one suspect and have identified the other. Police are seeking his whereabouts and have not released his name.

The incident began shortly before 4 p.m. Sunday when the victim, a 33-year-old Latino man, bumped into a man he knew through a mutual acquaintance at Crane Park. The man, who police have identified as one of the two robbery suspects, told the victim their mutual acquaintance owed him money for a computer and wanted the victim to pay him, Lewis said.

The victim didn’t completely understand what the man was saying and both agreed to walk over to a nearby home where the suspect said someone he knew could translate for them.

The two went to the area of Lyons Avenue and Oak Street. In an alley the suspect suddenly turned on the victim and began beating him, Lewis said.

The second suspect, identified as 48-year-old Francisco Abbott, watched the beating and then came over to the victim and pulled a gun on him, Lewis said.

The pair took the victim’s money and Abbott allegedly threatened to shoot him if he called the police, Lewis said.

The victim took off and contacted law enforcement once he was in a safe locale.

Through the victim’s information, officers were able to take Abbott into custody Monday. He was arrested on suspicion of strong-armed robbery and making criminal threats.

The other suspect remains at large.

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