Police arrested a San Rafael man suspected of an attempted mugging and a convenience store robbery in Santa Rosa on Saturday night after a two-and-a-half-mile chase, according to police. Allen Francis, 26, allegedly attempted to rob two victims at gunpoint at the intersection of Cleveland Avenue and Steele Lane at about 11 p.m. as they were crossing the street. The victims ran and called for help, and said the suspect fled in a silver Chrysler PT Cruiser. They reported the license plate number to Santa Rosa police. Around 11:15 p.m., police responded to another armed robbery located less than a mile away at the C Market at 630 Lewis Road. The robber pointed a handgun at the clerk, demanded money, and ran away with an undisclosed amount of cash and several items from the convenience store, police said. The suspect matched the description of the man who attempted to rob the two victims about 15 minutes earlier.
An officer in the area of Mendocino Avenue and Chanate Road noticed a silver PT Cruiser, which was seen leaving the attempted mugging, and tried to pull the car over. The suspect drove away and police pursued him north on Mendocino Avenue and onto Old Redwood Highway, beyond the Santa Rosa city limits. The suspect turned onto Ursaline Way, a dead-end street, and attempted to flee on foot. With the assistance of Taz, a police dog, officers took Francis into custody. Francis was arrested on suspicion of robbery, attempted robbery, felony evading, resisting arrest, driving under the influence, driving without a license and a parole violation. He was booked into Sonoma County Jail.
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