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BART police nab armed robbery suspect

Friday, July 30, 2010

BART police tracked down an armed robbery suspect Wednesday night along Interstate Highway 80 in El Cerrito, a BART spokesman said.

According to BART spokesman Linton Johnson, at about 10:25 p.m. Wednesday, a man told BART police he had been robbed at gunpoint at the El Cerrito del Norte station.

Officers saw the male suspect run across Highway 80 and both directions of the highway were briefly closed as a pursuit ensued. Local police and a California Highway Patrol helicopter assisted.

BART police eventually found the suspect hiding behind a Honda dealership near the station, Johnson said. A handgun was found nearby.

According to police, the suspect was a parolee with "an extensive criminal history," including robbery, burglary, grand theft, and drug and weapons violations.

Anyone who may have witnessed Wednesday's robbery is asked to contact BART police at (510) 464-7040.

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