Sunday, February 26 , 2017, 9:37 am | Partly Cloudy 52º


Local News

Clerks Subdue Man Who Tried to Rob Liquor Store

Aldo Gonzalez, 22, was booked on armed robbery charge, according to Santa Maria police

A 22-year-old suspected gang member was arrested after he got into a physical altercation with two liquor store clerks while attempting to rob the store, Santa Maria police said Sunday.

Officers were called to Maguey Liquor, 400 W. Main St., at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday on a report of a disturbance, and found Aldo Gonzalez struggling with a male and female clerk, said Sgt. Jesus Valle, a department spokesman.

After Gonzalez was detained, investigation revealed that he had attempted to rob the store armed with a small wooden baseball bat, Valle said.

“The suspect charged into the store, covering his face with his shirt, and confronted the clerks with the bat,” Valle said. “The suspect climbed onto the counter and demanded money from the cash register. When he reached into the cash register, the clerks grabbed him and a violent confrontation ensued.”

The clerks were able to detain Gonzalez until police arrived, Valle said.

Gonazalez, who suffered multiple contusions to his head, was taken to Marian Regional Medical Center for treatment, then was taken to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department’s Santa Maria substation, where he was booked on suspicion of armed robbery with a gang enhancement, Valle said.

No injuries to the clerks were reported.

Noozhawk executive editor Tom Bolton can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >