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Suspect brandishes pellet gun in bike theft
Justin Chainey

A Turlock man is facing robbery charges after using a pellet gun to steal a bicycle from an 18-year-old woman.

Justin Chainey, 18, was booked into Stanislaus County Jail on a charge of robbery for the Saturday night theft. Chainey remains in custody in lieu of a $50,000 bail.

The robbery was reported to the Turlock Police Department around 4:30 p.m. in the 1500 block of W. Main Street.

The robber approached the victim, pointing a gun at her and demanding her bicycle. The victim complied and the robber fled northbound on Tully Road, said Turlock Police spokesperson Sgt. Stephen Webb.

Based on the description given by the victim, officers suspected the robber could be Chainey, who is known to law enforcement.

Webb said Chainey is known to frequent a home in the 800 block of N. Tully Road. Officers found him in the backyard of the home. Chainey ran from officers, but a perimeter was set up around the neighborhood and he was quickly apprehended, Webb said.

Chainey was wearing the same sweater the victim had described the robber wearing. He also was in possession of the bicycle and a pellet gun that matched the description of the weapon used in the robbery.