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Roofers robbed by knife-wielding suspect

A Turlock man was arrested on suspicion of robbery after taking tools from a roofing crew and then threatening one man with a knife when confronted about the theft.

The suspect was identified by the Turlock Police Department as Alejandro Garcia, 18, of Turlock. Garcia was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail on allegations of robbery.

The roofing crew was working up on a house in the 200 block of E. Olive Avenue on Wednesday when one of the workers noticed a man rifling through their belongings on the ground, according to the police report.

The worker yelled at the man to get away from their tools, by the man, later identified as Garcia, ignored them and grabbed several tools and personal items before leaving the area on foot.

The worker was following after the suspect, when Garcia allegedly turned and brandished a knife.

Garcia reportedly, "swung it at the victim several times and at one point charged him with the knife," said Turlock Police spokesperson Deandra Wiley.

As officers were making their way to the area, an officer was flagged down by the reporting party who pointed out the direction that the suspect had fled on foot. The suspect was located, apprehended and positively identified as the robber.