PETALUMA – On Tuesday, October 7 at approximately 12:40 am, Petaluma Police received a call of an attempted robbery at a convenience store at 1510 East Washington Street.
The clerk at the Quick Stop Store had noticed the suspect loitering outside the store earlier. Later, when the clerk was alone the suspect entered the store and approached him demanding the keys to the clerk’s vehicle parked outside the store. The clerk told police that the suspect appeared to be holding an object in his hand that he believed to be a knife. The clerk refused the suspect’s demands and walked behind the counter to call 9-1-1.
The suspect then went into the unlocked storage room in the rear of the store. The clerk then fled the store and called 9-1-1 from outside the store. Petaluma officers arrived within one minute of the call.
The suspect had then locked the storage room door that officers had to breech. He was contacted in the storage room, and was now wearing the clerk’s sweatshirt that had been left there. The suspect had a folding knife in his possession when he was taken into custody. He was identified as 42-year-old Steven Davidor of Novato. He was booked into Sonoma County Jail for attempted robbery and bail was set at $30,000. Davidor had been arrested less than two months earlier, on August 22 for public intoxication.