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Man arrested for alleged robbery attempt at gas station

June 29, 2011|By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com

A 25-year-old Los Angeles man was arrested today after he allegedly tried to rob a gas station customer of his credit card, sheriff’s deputies said.

Jose Hernandez was taken into custody about 1:40 a.m. in the 3000 block of Community Avenue, where he allegedly fled after the robbery attempt, according to Sgt. Ray Harley of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station.

Hernandez, who was allegedly holding an empty beer can, approached the customer at the Shell gas station on the 3000 block of Foothill Boulevard and demanded his credit card, Harley said.

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The customer told Hernandez that he didn’t have a credit card and quickly walked toward another gas station customer for safety, Harley said. But Hernandez followed him, allegedly demanding he drop his wallet on the ground.

Fearing for his safety, the customer ran away, called the sheriff’s department and left his car behind, Harley said.

Sheriff’s deputies surrounded the area and saw Hernandez standing in a home driveway, where they found an empty beer can, he said.

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