Image of man released in attempted robbery
Police on Wednesday released surveillance images of a man who tried to rob a convenience store on California Avenue on Saturday night.
The man entered Santa Cruz Market at 214 California Ave. about 8:20 p.m., said Santa Cruz police Lt. Larry Richard. The man pointed a black, full-size pump shotgun at the clerk and demanded money, police said.
The clerk grabbed the gun and wrestled it away from the man, who fled. The clerk had minor injuries. Nothing was stolen.
Police used a K-9 to search the area but the suspect was not found.
The suspect appeared in his 20s and about 5 feet 2 inches to 5 feet 4 inches tall. His race was unknown, police said.
He wore a gray hooded sweatshirt, a blue beanie, black patterned bandanna, black gloves, white socks and black slip-on shoes.
Santa Cruz police ask anyone with information to call investigations at 420-5820 or the anonymous tipline at 420-5995. Leave a tip at www.santacruzpolice.com or use the mobile application at m.santacruzpolice.com.
Drunk woman arrested on suspicion of robbery
Police say a woman fought with a store clerk Monday after she was caught trying to steal a bottle of wine in plain view.
An officer was flagged down around 2:40 p.m. for a disturbance at a store on the 1200 block of Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz police spokesman Zach Friend said.
Witnesses told the officer that Emily Jean Merrill, 36, took the wine and was confronted outside by the store manager, who told Merrill to give the bottle back. The manager grabbed the bottle from Merrill, who then grabbed the other woman's hair and began swinging at her. The manager had Merrill, who appeared intoxicated, on the ground when the officer arrived.
Merrill had apparently stolen from the store previously and was no longer welcome there, Friend said. Merrill was arrested on suspicion of robbery.