Tuesday Jun 28 2011
Golfers dodge bullets on the green
By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
Loomis residents caught in the middle of armed cart robbery
A man who allegedly fired a gun toward two Loomis golfers is expected to appear in court Thursday. Jimmy Aldridge, 45, of Sacramento, was arrested last Thursday after he allegedly committed armed robbery of a beverage cart and fired four shots at Loomis residents Louie Euer and Greg Hunt. Louie Euer, an incoming freshman at Del Oro High, and Greg Hunt, a teacher a Placer Elementary, were honing their skills at Haggin Oaks Golf Course in Sacramento when the incident took place just after 5 p.m. Euer said he and Hunt were on the 12th hole when they encountered Aldridge. At that point, Aldridge had already allegedly held a beverage cart employee at gunpoint and stolen her golf cart. Euer said he believed Aldridge was a homeless man, although he gave police a Sacramento address. “We didn’t really notice anything until another golfer came running up and pulled out a golf club. We heard him yelling, ‘He took her money.’ It was the cart lady’s money,” Euer said. “Once the golfer got 10 yards away from us, the homeless guy got out a gun and shot four shots right by us.” At that point, Euer said the golfers called 911 and tried to locate the woman. She was found unharmed on a nearby hole. “We were scared obviously, but it was more shocking and we really know what to do,” Euer said. Sacramento City Police responded with several units and a helicopter, according to Laura Peck, Public Information Officer for the Sacramento Police Department. “Essentially, the suspect walked onto the golf course and robbed the concession golf cart at gunpoint,” Peck said. “The suspect took the golf cart and fled.” Aldridge was found hiding in tall grass west of Roseville Road, as was the gun and cash taken, according to Peck. He is being held at the Sacramento County Jail on $200,000 bail for charges of robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. His court date is scheduled for June 29. A representative from Haggin Oaks was unavailable to comment at press time. Louie Euer’s mother, Jackie Euer said violence has never been an issue at Haggin Oaks in the past, however she has often noticed homeless people roaming the course before. “This is the very first time there was ever an act of violence,” Jackie Euer said. “In my heart I feel like God was watching over my child. It’s incomprehensible to me that this even happened.” Louie Euer said he noticed Aldridge didn’t attempt to steal the beverage cart employee’s purse. “He wasn’t really the smartest guy because he didn’t take her bag,” Louie Euer said. Despite the close call, Euer and Hunt went on to play in and win top honors in the 20th Annual Junior/Senior Golf Championship at Haggin Oaks on Friday, June 24. Reach Sara Seyydin at email@example.com.