Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a McKinleyville man late Friday in connection with an armed robbery that had been reported a short time earlier. At about 10 p.m. deputies were called to a service station at Murray Ave and U.S. Highway 101. The clerk reported a man had pointed a handgun at her and demanded she give him the money from the cash register. She complied with his demands and he fled on foot. He was last seen running towards the highway. The victim provided deputies with a detailed description of the suspect. Deputies also reviewed surveillance video recorded at the business.
Deputies searched the area on foot and discovered footprints along the east side of Hwy 101. The deputy noted the footprints were visible due to recent rain, leaving a trail in the wet grass. The footprints led to Rita Avenue, where deputies contacted several residents. At a home on Rita Avenue, deputies discovered a door that appeared to have been kicked in. Deputies contacted a man inside the house and noticed he was wearing the clothing that matched the description of the robbery suspect. Deputies detained the man, who was identified as Robert Rivera, 29 and transient. Deputies located a loaded handgun hidden inside the room where Rivera had been seated. The handgun had been reported stolen on November 16, 2010.
The victim of the robbery positively identified Rivera as the man who had robbed her. Rivera was arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked on the following charges:
• Possession of stolen property
• Being armed with a firearm in the commission of a felony
• Being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
Additionally, deputies learned Rivera is currently on parole. He is expected to be arraigned Wednesday; he is ineligible to post bail due to his parole status.