General Crime

* Joshua O’Brien, 26, Arrested For Santa Rosa Armed Robbery At Apartment On Mendocino Avenue

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Santa Rosa police arrested one of two men Thursday who are suspected of robbing the residents of an apartment on Mendocino Avenue on Sunday.Joshua Michael O’Brien, 26, was arrested at a home on Second Street around 1:30 p.m. He was booked into the Sonoma County Jail for robbery, burglary, and a probation violation, Sgt. Steve Fraga said.Police said three residents who locked themselves out of an apartment in the 2000 block of Mendocino Avenue were trying to get back in with the help of neighbor around 8:30 p.m. Sunday when they were confronted by two masked suspects, one of whom had a gun, Fraga said.The suspects ordered the victims to empty their pockets of wallets and valuables and to break their cell phones so they couldn’t call police, Fraga said.One of the robbers then forced open a front window of the apartment and went inside while the other robber held the victims at gunpoint in the alcove in the front of the apartment, police said.The suspect ransacked the apartment and took a new laptop computer, a video game console, jewelry, a purse and other items, Fraga said.After the suspects fled, the victims found a phone and called police.Fraga said police developed leads this week and identified O’Brien as a suspect. Police are still looking for the second suspect, a 25- to 26-year-old slender black man, who is 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall and 180 pounds.The Sonoma County Alliance’s “Take Back Our Community Program” has offered a $2,500 reward for anyone who helps with the second suspect’s arrest.Anyone with information is asked to call police at (707) 543-3590.

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