CONCORD CA March 13 2012 – A man wielding a BB gun robbed two teens at Sunvalley Mall early Saturday evening but didn’t get far.
A 17-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl were getting out of their car in the parking lot near JC Penney just before 7:39 p.m. when a man approached them and demanded their money and valuables, said Sgt. Matt Morrissey of Concord Police Department.
The girl ran into the department store to get help, and her companion handed over some money and his cell phone, Morrissey said.
The robber then fled, but a mall employee who had heard his description spotted the suspect on the opposite side of the parking lot, gave chase and tackled the man, he said.
Mall security guards and police were right behind, Morrissey said.
Police recovered the stolen cash and cell phone along with the BB gun. They arrested 22-year-old Christian Monterrosa on suspicion of two counts of robbery and transported him to County Jail in Martinez.