Armed Robbery Arrest

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On Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 8:42 p.m., Ventura Police patrol officers responded to a call for service of a man brandishing a knife outside Trader Joe’s, 103 South Mills Road.  Prior to the officers’ arrival, the suspect ran away, however the officers found and detained him near the Bus Depot on the north side of the Pacific View Mall parking lot.  The subsequent investigation revealed the suspect, Thomas Pecel, 33, had been inside the business where he stole items and left the store.  When he was confronted by employees of the business, he pulled a knife from his pants, brandished it and threatened them.  At that point, the employees went back inside the store and the suspect ran away.
At the conclusion of the investigation, the suspect was booked into Ventura County Jail for armed robbery and an unrelated misdemeanor warrant.  No one was injured during this incident.

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