CAPITOLA

Two armed men rob Capitola liquor store

Two men robbed a Capitola liquor store Thursday night, police said.

The men entered Grady's Liquors at 509 Bay Ave. just after 10 p.m. and demanded cash from the register, according to Detective Marquis Booth of the Capitola Police Department.

The men then ordered the clerk to the ground at gunpoint and fled the store with an undisclosed amount of money. They fled on foot southbound on Capitola Avenue and it's believed they were eventually picked up by a light-colored vehicle. Police searched the area but were unable to find the two robbers.

Both are described as black men, about 5 feet 7 inches tall with thin builds, and wearing jeans and baseball caps with bandanas covering their faces. One wore a gray sweatshirt while the other wore a red sweatshirt.

Capitola police ask anyone with information on the case to call investigations at 831-475-4242 or the anonymous tipline at 831-475-2791.

SANTA CRUZ

Jurors still deliberating in Ainsworth case

Jurors will resume deliberations in the case of Maurice Ainsworth after the holidays. The jury began considering the 42 felony counts against Ainsworth on Tuesday and continued through Friday afternoon. It will return Jan. 2.

Ainsworth is charged with attacking a Santa Cruz County sheriff's deputy, escaping custody, holding a gun to a preschool teacher's head and holding a couple hostage in their son's home. He also faces charges from a 2009 home invasion in the Boulder Creek area. He was awaiting trial on that case when prosecutors say he attacked the deputy after a medical appointment.

Ainsworth, 26, faces life in prison if convicted. His defense attorneys don't dispute many of the charges against him but have argued that he isn't guilty of all of them.

SANTA CRUZ

Man accused of trying to rob drugstore

Santa Cruz police officers were dispatched to the CVS on Front Street Thursday night for reports of an attempted robbery.

Witnesses told police that a man was in line to pay for a water and some food. He was later identified as Michael Turner, a 27-year-old Live Oak resident. When the customer in front of Turner was paying and the cashier opened the door, Turner allegedly reached over the counter and tried to grab money out of the cash drawer. The cashier grabbed Turner's arm and was able to force the draw closed. Turner then ran out the door.

Police arrested Turner about a block away on suspicion of attempted robbery. He was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail.