Man Who Allegedly Robbed Starbucks with Gas Mask Arrested

Brandishing a gun, the suspect a Laguna Niguel resident, allegedly held up the coffeehouse Friday.

The manhunt is over for a suspect who allegedly robbed the Starbucks at 30211 Golden Lantern on Friday wearing a gas mask and brandishing a gun.

According to Orange County Sheriff's spokesman, Jim Amormino, the man who was also wearing a dark, hooded sweatshirt at 11:17 a.m, was arrested in Laguna Beach on Friday night.

Amormino said the man was walking in the beach town and was arrested for "appearing drunk" around 8 p.m.

"They took him into custody after noticing he was drunk, and saw he was in possession of a gas mask," Amormino said. 

The man's name was not released, he remains in custody, Amormino said. 

He made off with an undisclosed amount of cash from the store.

Patch reader, Lee, sent in this comment: "I was at Starbuck's yesterday when the robber came in at the Marina Hills store, I was standing at the corner waiting for a sweet roll when I looked up and saw this gas-masked man standing across the counter looking at the cashier. He showed the cashier his gun right in front of me and asked her for the keys. At that point I moved out of his line of sight and a few minutes later saw him running out the door. He jumped on a red bike and sped off. I went back today and found out that they had arrested him in Laguna Beach and he was drunk."

Amormino could not confirm if the man was on a red bike at the time of arrest, but he was "not driving."

More details as they become available.

Shirley December 02, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Arrested, yeah Debbie...it was all about the gas mask. Never underestimate your feelings about these pictures. Good job!!! What a dumb jerk, carrying around one of the things that could identify him so well.
Barton Mac Leod December 02, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Lucky find ...
Shirley December 03, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Nope not a lucky find, he was out in public drunk with his gas mask waiting to get picked off. Most criminals are stupid & this just proves that.
Debbie L. Sklar December 03, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Bart: OSCD doing its job.
Debbie L. Sklar December 03, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Shirley: You always have great comments, thanks for reading.


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