Stolen Suisun City Truck Used, Smashed After Holdup at Vallejo Gas Station Today

Suspect crashed allegedly stolen Chevy into parked cars trying to evade officers after reportedly robbing Chemco.

Eric Johnson. Credit: Vallejo Police.
Eric Johnson. Credit: Vallejo Police.
Officers arrested a San Francisco man who robbed a gas station in Vallejo and then attempted to flee in a stolen truck this morning, police said.

At about 8:20 a.m. police responded to a report of an armed robbery in progress at the Chemco gas station at the intersection of Springs Road and Maple Avenue in Vallejo, police said.

The gas station clerk told police that a black man wearing a white construction-type hard hat and an orange vest had entered the store and pointed a 9mm handgun at him before jumping over the front counter, police said.

While the clerk locked himself in a janitor's closet, the suspect took money from the register, police said.

The suspect, later identified as 45-year-old Eric Johnson, drove away from the gas station in a reddish orange Chevrolet truck, police said.

The clerk called police and gave them a description of the truck and suspect, according to police.

A Vallejo police officer spotted the truck traveling on westbound Interstate Highway 80 a short time later and followed it. When Johnson exited the highway at Magazine Street in South Vallejo, he was traveling at excessive speeds in an attempt to flee from police, officers said.

The officer followed Johnson and activated his emergency lights and siren while attempting to initiate a stop on the truck.

Two Vallejo police vehicles pursued the suspect to the 200 block of Gary Circle, where Johnson lost control of the truck and hit three parked cars, police said. Johnson got out of the truck and attempted to flee from police on foot through a front yard.

Officers caught up with Johnson and a struggle ensued. Officers used a Taser to subdue Johnson, police said.

Johnson was arrested for robbery and possession of a stolen vehicle.

Police found evidence of the robbery as well as a replica handgun in the truck, which was reported stolen out of Suisun City later in the morning, according to police.

No officers or civilians were injured and no police cars were damaged during the pursuit, according to police.

--Bay City News Inc.
P.J. April 06, 2014 at 08:02 PM
I absolutely hate the word "Allegedly". This word says there is no way a person was caught. In this case, this man was caught in the act, eith property that was not his. If the register owner did not willfully grant access to his vehicle, even if this person ends up knowing the owner, it's called stealing, theft, jail time needed. Please, stop using that word. Thanks, Paul C. SACRAMENTO
"The Black Panther of Poetry" April 07, 2014 at 02:05 AM
Paul, the word Alledgedly is a disclaimer, so to speak for news agencies. It is interjected for legal purposes only. It has been in usage in America for as long as i have been alive and i am 49. It sole purpose is to shield news agencies and reporters from being helded liable if a story turns out to be false or a perp turns out to be falsely accused.


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