Handgun-toting robber eludes police after Downtown Auburn gas station stickup

Second armed robbery reported in Auburn in two days
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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A masked, gun-toting robber is being sought by Auburn Police after a hold-up late Thursday at a Downtown gas station.

The Auburn Food and Gas Beacon station at 1110 High St. in Auburn was robbed just after 7 p.m. by a man displaying a handgun during the crime, Sgt. Dave Lawicka said. An unknown amount of cash was taken in the robbery, according to the police.

The suspect, described as a male adult wearing a forest-green hooded sweatshirt, was seen fleeing southbound on High Street from the store, Lawicka said.

The crime was captured on video surveillance equipment at the store and reviewed by officers. Seen on the video recording was a man, about 6 feet tall, with a medium build. As well as the hoodie, he wore faded, baggie blue jeans, blue gloves that were possibly latex, and a dark colored mask that covered his face.

During the robbery, the suspect brandished a chrome-finished revolver handgun from his front waistband and demanded cash from the clerk. He was last seen fleeing the area on foot.

Auburn Police are asking anyone who may have information on the gas station robbery or identification of the suspect to contact the investigations unit’s Detective Dave Neher at (530) 823-4237 Ext. 263.


Two robberies in two days

The armed robbery was the second in Auburn in as many days.

Auburn Police reported that a male reported being robbed at gunpoint just after 7 p.m. Wednesday by two men. They allegedly beat him with their pistols before stealing his cash and cellular phone.

The robbery occurred at Sierra Elm Center, 411 Grass Valley Highway. The two suspects were reported to have fled north in a car on Grass Valley Highway. Officer James Dalton said that the owner of the suspect vehicle was identified as the victim’s ex-girlfriend, 20-year-old Mercedes Votino, of Grass Valley.

Shortly after the robbery, Grass Valley Police officers located the alleged getaway vehicle, recovered pistols and detained the occupants. As well as Votino, Ethan Isaksson, 19, of Grass Valley and Jonathon Cueva, 21, of Penn Valley, were booked into Placer County Jail on suspicion of robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.