CONCORD — A man sought by federal authorities for a probation violation was arrested for an armed robbery at a shopping center. The suspect was apprehended on April 16.
Security personnel observed a suspected shoplifter at Macy’s department store, located at Sun Valley Shopping Center. The man was seen filling a bag with bottles of cologne, with a retail value exceeding $1,400.
After he left the store, security attempted to stop him at approximately 7 p.m. In response, he reached inside his pocket and retrieved a gun. One shot was fired, but fortunately no one was reported injured.
The suspect subsequently identified is 37-year-old Jesse Alexander, a resident of Clayton. Alexander allegedly fled to a truck in the parking lot, and he drove away from the shopping center unimpeded.
Police in the neighboring community of Lafayette located Alexander a short time later. When officers attempted to contact him, Alexander started running, but he was quickly apprehended.
Alexander was taken into custody and booked into the West County Detention Facility in Richmond. He is considered a fugitive from justice for violating terms of his federal probation, and ineligible for release on bond.
For the incident at Macy’s, Alexander was arrested for robbery, and discharge of a firearm in a negligent manner. Detectives from Concord are expected to present a case against Alexander to the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office.
Anyone with information about the shopping center incident can call Concord police detective Nicholas Davison at 925-603-5853.