A 20-year-old man was arrested Monday on suspicion of robbing and assaulting clerks at two convenience stores only minutes apart in Salinas last Thursday, a police sergeant said. Officers captured David Hernandez, described by Salinas police as a known gang member, near the intersection of East Laurel and St. Edwards drives at about 3:15 p.m. Monday, police Sgt. James Arensdorf said.
Hernandez is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail at the Monterey County Jail in the armed robberies of the 7-Eleven store at 1305 N. Main St. and the Quick Stop store at 339 Williams Road, Arensdorf said. A clerk at the 7-Eleven called police at 2:42 a.m. Thursday to report that a man armed with a semi-automatic handgun had entered the store, leapt over the counter and demanded money from the register, police said.
During the robbery, the suspect hit the clerk over the head with the gun, causing a severe laceration and knocking the clerk out, according to police. The man then fled after grabbing some cash from the register, police said. At 2:59 a.m., police were called about a robbery at the Quick Stop store, where the clerk reported that an armed man jumped over the counter, demanded money and then hit the employee in the head with the gun, police said. The suspect stole cash from the register and ran into an alley behind the store, police said.
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