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MODESTO — On July 27th at around 2 AM, a white male adult walked into the AM/PM gas station on I Street and walked out with several stolen food items.
When the clerk tried to catch up to him, the man pulled a gun on him.
The clerk later told police that another person who’d been walking by also happened to be armed and tried to intervene. At one point, the two exchanged gunfire but nobody was hit.
The suspect fled and the robbery wasn’t reported until 7 AM, well after all parties involved had left. However, the suspect and his vehicle were captured on the store’s security cameras.
Later that day at around 11 AM, an officer received a tip about the possible location of the suspect’s car. A man who matched the description of the suspect was also spotted leaving a house on the 2100 block of Palisade Avenue.
A traffic stop was conducted and the suspect detained, as were several people at the house on Palisade Avenue.
Later, during questioning at the Police Department, the suspect was identified as 18-year-old Jesse Echols of Modesto. He was formally arrested and booked for robbery.
A firearm was also recovered during the investigation.