OCEANSIDE, Calif. — A 26-year-old Chula Vista man is in custody after a police officer walked in on an armed robbery at a 7-Eleven early Monday.
Oceanside police said Officer Reymundo Pena walked inside 7-Eleven on Mission Avenue near Canyon Drive around 1 a.m. and saw a man with a gun. The suspect had demanded cash and store merchandise from clerks.
When the suspect saw Officer Pena, he ran out of the store, dropped the cash and merchandise and hopped a fence leading to an Oceanside Unified School District bus parking lot.
Police spokesperson Tom Bussey said Officer Pena chased the suspect and called for backup. A drone and K-9s helped police take Francisco Javier Rodriguez into custody. Rodriguez was on parole, according to police.
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