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Johnny Tasker Douglas Arrested In Bennett Valley Jewelry Store Robbery

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Santa Rosa police arrested a second suspect today in connection with an armed jewelry store robbery in July that ended in a shootout between the suspects and store owner and multiple injuries.

Johnny Tasker Douglas, a 34-year-old parolee from Oakland, was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping with the intent to commit robbery, attempted murder, robbery, firearms charges and a gang enhancement in connection with the July 10 robbery of Bennett Valley Jeweler at 2700 Yulupa Avenue, according to police.

The robbers smashed several display cases and took Rolex watches, but a backpack containing the watches was left behind when the robbers fled, police said.

A female employee of the jewelry store suffered a minor injury when she was shot during an exchange of gunfire between the store owner and robbers.

Police had been searching for Douglas since shortly after the robbery. An alleged accomplice, Jimmy Lee Terry, was arrested at the scene of the robbery after he was shot four times in the upper body by the jewelry store owner.

Police believe Douglas, 34, was also wounded during the shootout. He is thought to have fled the robbery in a stolen red Ford Mustang parked nearby, leaving Terry behind, and then later abandoned the vehicle in a nearby neighborhood.

Detectives learned that evening that Douglas was treated at an East Bay hospital for gunshot wounds but left against medical advice, police said.

He was identified as a suspect after evidence technicians match DNA evidence from the car to his records in a state database.

While they were unable to locate Douglas, on Monday they learned he had been arrested in Oakland on a parole hold, and obtained an arrested warrant. He is expected to be transferred to Sonoma County shortly.

Terry, 43, has also been charged in connection with the robbery.

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