Man Arrested for Cannabis Robbery, Shooting at Victim and Bystander
NOVATO — A man suspected of shooting at a cannabis robbery victim and an innocent bystander has been arrested again. He is the second suspect arrested in connection with this robbery in the parking lot of a convenience store.
The robbery occurred April 28 outside the 7-Eleven store located at 800 Diablo Boulevard. Shots were fired at a man robbed of cannabis and an innocent bystander, before three suspects fled. The robbery victim was also pistol whipped.
The suspected gunman, Francisco Flores-Avina, 20 of Pittsburg, was arrested on October 26. Flores-Avina was arrested on a warrant at the Martinez Detention Facility in Contra Costa County, where he was already in custody.
Flores-Avina is believed responsible for shooting at the robbery victim and an innocent bystander outside 7-Eleven.
Novato detectives arrested Flores-Avina for robbery, attempted murder, and assault with a deadly weapon. In addition, he was arrested for negligent discharge of a firearm and dissuading a witness.
On January 19, Antioch police arrested Flores-Avina for burglary and conspiracy to commit a crime. When he was arrested by Novato detectives, Flores-Avina was in jail for contempt and violation of a protective order.
A suspected accomplice in the 7-Eleven robbery, Jason Arevalo, 19 of Bay Point, was arrested on May 7. Arevalo was booked for robbery and later released.
However, he was arrested again on October 22 by Antioch police for driving without a license.
A third suspect connected with the robbery and shootings at 7-Eleven is a juvenile female. Her involvement remains under investigation, but she has not been arrested.