A 26-year-old Oakland man was arrested Thursday in connection with the robbery of a Safeway supermarket over Labor Day weekend, police said today. At about 4:50 a.m. on Sept. 3, a suspect purchased an item at the Safeway at 6310 College Ave., then pointed a gun at a cashier and demanded money, police said.
The suspect fled on foot and fired his gun when security attempted to approach him. Surveillance photos and tips from the community led investigators to identify Philip Taylor as a suspect in the robbery. With the assistance of the Richmond Police Department, Oakland police officers arrested Taylor at his Richmond residence Tuesday afternoon.
Taylor was booked at Santa Rita Jail on suspicion of second-degree robbery and is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail, according to a booking log. He is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday at 2 p.m. in Department 112 of the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse, located at 661 Washington St. in Oakland.
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