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Suspect arrested for robbery outside senior center
Richard Russell
Richard Russell

A Turlock man is facing robbery charges after he allegedly attacked a man outside the Turlock Senior Center and took some of his belongings, according to the Turlock Police Department.

The robbery suspect has been identified as Richard Russell, 34. He was arrested on suspicion of robbery and booked into the Stanislaus County Jail on Friday.

The male victim required medical care after the assault, though the injuries are not considered life-threatening.

The robbery happened shortly before 9 p.m. Friday in the parking lot in front of the Turlock Senior Center at 1191 Cahill St.

The victim was working on his bike when he was struck on the back of his head several times, said Turlock Police spokesperson Officer Mayra Lewis.

According to the police report, Russell was demanding the victim give him money he believed he was owed. He allegedly told the victim if he wasn’t given the money, then he would take some of his belongings.

Russel pushed the victim forward and when the victim fell he turned and got his first sight of his attacker. He later told the police he recognized the man who was attacking him as someone he knew from around town, but only by a nickname.

After hitting and pushing the victim, Russell took his cell phone and tool bag and left the area, Lewis said.

The victim walked from the Turlock Senior Center to the police department on Broadway and reported the incident. Using the nickname provided, officers were able to identify the suspect and it was confirmed in a photo line-up.

Around 6:30 a.m. Saturday an officer found Russell in the area of Canal and Soderquist and took him into custody. They also found him in possession of the cell phone and the tool bag, according to the police report.