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Man runs from Target security with daughter on shoulders

April 30, 2012

A 27-year-old Los Angeles man was arrested Friday after allegedly trying to return stolen merchandise at Target and leading security officers on a foot pursuit while holding his daughter, police said.

Robert Rodriguez was arrested on suspicion of burglary, robbery and resisting arrest in the 200 block of South Central Avenue, according to Glendale police reports.

Target’s security crew spotted Rodriguez exchange a pair of sandals that he allegedly just pulled off the rack and then try to return a pair of workout pants, according to police reports.

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A security officer tried to stop him as he was leaving, but he allegedly struck the officer and

ran away while holding his daughter on his shoulders.

Glendale police spotted Rodriguez toss his daughter into the back seat of an SUV and then get into the driver’s seat, according to police. A Glendale police officer tried to stop Rodriguez as he allegedly searched for his keys and shouted that he didn’t do anything.

A struggle allegedly ensued as police officers arrested him.

Rodriguez has been arrested before on suspicion of burglary, grand theft, possession of narcotics and petty theft, according to police reports.

-- Veronica Rocha, Times Community News

Twitter: @VeronicaRochaLA

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