Santa Rosa transient arrested for trying to rob shoppers with toy gun
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SANTA ROSA, Calif. —
A transient was arrested Thursday night after he allegedly brandished a replica firearm at a shopping center in west Santa Rosa, a police sergeant said.
Police went to Dutton Plaza, located at Dutton Avenue and Sebastopol Road, around 8 p.m. in response to a report of a man with a gun, Sgt. Davis Linscomb said.
The man allegedly pointed a handgun at customers and threatened to kill a customer who was with his three small children, Linscomb said.
Officers found 48-year-old Aurelio Ortiz-Chavez near a laundromat in the shopping center, Linscomb said. He appeared unarmed at the time but was drunk and belligerent when he was taken into custody, Linscomb said.
Police found a toy replica handgun that resembled a firearm in Ortiz-Chavez's waistband, Linscomb said.
Ortiz-Chavez was booked into Sonoma County Jail for making terrorist threats, brandishing a replica firearm and public intoxication.
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