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UPDATE: Officer Shoots Suspect After AT&T Store Robbery

Alleged robber is shot twice after fleeing on foot. Authorities say he matches the description of a man who also held up the store in November.

An Orange County sheriff's deputy shot a man suspected of robbing a Lake Forest AT&T phone store Tuesday morning, officials said.

The man, who may be linked to a Nov. 28 robbery at the same store, is being treated at Mission Hospital for non-life-threatening wounds.

According to authorities, a man wearing a ski mask walked into the store at 23842 El Toro Road around 9 a.m. and pointed a handgun at several customers. After taking a bag of cash, he fled on foot.

An armed store security guard gave chase, borrowing a burgundy Suzuki vehicle from a person in the parking lot and calling 911.

At least two others—including a mailman who saw the suspect drop some cash—joined the pursuit, officials said.

An on-duty sheriff's investigator who was in the area in an unmarked vehicle responded to the robbery report, spotting the suspect running near Rockfield Boulevard and Landisview Avenue.

The deputy, who was in plainclothes, "called out commands" that were ignored by the suspect, then shot him twice near the intersection of Landisview and Belgreen Place, according to sheriff's officials. Meanwhile, the security guard crashed the Suzuki into a black pickup parked on Belgreen.

Paramedics treated the suspect and took him to Mission Hospital with non-life-threatening wounds, officials said.

Belgreen was quickly blocked off as deputies interviewed people down the street from Gates Elementary School. The stolen cash and a gun were recovered.

Deputies also towed away a blue Nissan Altima they believe the suspect planned to use for a getaway. The car, which was parked on Belgreen, isn't owned by the suspect, officials said.

This was the second robbery at the AT&T store in less than a month. The suspect in Tuesday's robbery matches the description of the suspect from , officials said. Surveillance footage from the first robbery will be reviewed to see if a positive match can be made, officials said.

The suspect in the November robbery was a Hispanic male in his 30s, approximately 6 feet tall, weighing 175 to 200 pounds, according to witnesses and surveillance tape.

The district attorney's office is also investigating the case, as it does for all deputy-involved shootings.

KC December 13, 2011 at 06:31 PM
I don't know which is more odd, that someone would rob an AT&T store or that it would get hit twice in less than a month? It's not exactly a cash-heavy place and the hardware is borderline pointless to steal as the IMEI is not easy to change/spoof, and the sim cards are not in the boxes either.
YesMan December 13, 2011 at 08:19 PM
note to self: never give car to security guard
Martin Henderson (Editor) December 13, 2011 at 11:14 PM
Totally agree: The oddest thing about this story is the armed security guard commandeering a burgundy Suzuki and then, straight out of the movies, crashing it.
sc December 14, 2011 at 03:29 PM
The bravery shown by the guard and others to persue the robber allowed him to be caught and arrested. "All it takes for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing." He deserves a commendation.
E.T. Tickler December 17, 2011 at 03:58 PM
The news replay is B.S. The real hero was a customer that gave chase when the security guard couldn't keep up. They don't report the real reality, they report "their" reality. Scott Carr was the real hero!
Sarah de Crescenzo (Editor) December 17, 2011 at 05:19 PM
E.T. Tickler, this is the information that I got directly from police investigators. They didn't have any additional information about the other people who reportedly gave chase. Will you tell us what you know? How was Scott Carr involved?
mOmO123 May 11, 2013 at 04:58 AM
Cop Should have shot the retarded Mexican In the head Who robs an AT&T store???? So sad that our city is turning into Santa Ana

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