Crime

Oxnard man threatens clerk with screwdriver, flees with snacks

Booked for armed robbery

OXNARD, Calif. - An Oxnard man was arrested early Wednesday morning after he allegedly threatened a convenience store clerk with a screwdriver and fled with snacks.

According to Ventura police, authorities received a call just after 1 a.m. that a man was creating a disturbance at a Chevron Station in the 2100 Block of Victoria Avenue in Oxnard. Moments later, a second call made by the alarm company indicated the business hold up alarm had been activated. Officers arrived within minutes and arrested 26-year-old Geovanny Gonzalez-Avitia of Oxnard as he was exiting the store with a large amount of merchandise.

During the investigation, officers learned Gonzalez-Avitia had entered the store earlier and began to argue with the clerk after he was told the business was closing. Gonzalez-Avitia then forced his way behind the sales counter and allegedly threatened the clerk with a screwdriver. That's when the clerk fled the store leaving Gonzalez-Avitia inside. Gonzalez-Avitia opened the cash register but failed to obtain any money. He then filled a large bag with snack food and exited the store, police said.

Gonzalez-Avetia was booked into the Ventura County Jail for armed robbery.

The snacks were recovered and returned to the business.


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