Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Sebastopol man Sunday on suspicion of robbing a 7-Eleven store on New Year’s Day. The robbery suspect stole a 5-Hour Energy Drink and a DVD from the store on Middle Rincon Road in unincorporated Santa Rosa around 10 a.m. Thursday, sheriff’s officials said. The suspect pulled a knife and threatened to stab the clerk when he was confronted, but the store clerk chased after him with a mop.
The clerk and the suspect fought in a parking lot of a Chevron gas station across the street before the suspect fled west on state Highway 12, according to the sheriff’s office. Deputies reviewed video from surveillance cameras at the 7-Eleven and the Chevron station and identified the suspect as 30-year-old Christopher Lee Curtis, of Sebastopol. The store clerk also identified Lee as the suspect, sheriff’s officials said.
An anonymous person called the sheriff’s office around 3 p.m. Sunday to report Curtis was at the Safeway store on Mendocino Avenue in Santa Rosa, sheriff’s officials said. Curtis ran when he was contacted by deputies, but was arrested after a chase behind the Safeway. During a fight, Curtis and the deputies suffered minor injuries and Curtis was booked into Sonoma County Jail on suspicion of robbery, according to the sheriff’s office.
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