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Suspected armed robber arrested after Fairfield vehicle, foot pursuit

4:51 AM, Sep 7, 2012   |    comments
Benjamin Fowler of Fairfield, arrested on Sept. 6 for suspicion of armed robbery and evading police.
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FAIRFIELD, CA - A man suspected of robbing a Fairfield business, then leading police on a vehicle and foot pursuit was eventually arrested Thursday night.

A Fairfield Police Department release stated that officers were called to the shopping center on Travis Blvd. and Oliver Rd. around 6 p.m. by a store employee claiming his business had just been robbed at gunpoint. The employee informed police the man took the money then fled in a late-model white pickup truck.

Fairfield officers responding to the scene spotted a truck driven by a man matching the description provided by the store employee and attempted to perform a traffic stop. However, the driver refused to pull over and a short vehicle pursuit ensued along W. Texas St., according to the release.

A short while later, the fleeing driver, later identified as Benjamin Fowler, 33, of Fairfield, jumped from the moving truck and fled into a nearby neighborhood on foot, the release stated.

Vallejo police quickly contained the area and utilized a combination of foot patrol and K-9 officers to search the neighborhood. Fowler was eventually found hiding in the backyard of a home and arrested following a brief struggle with officers, according to the report.

Following Fowler's arrest, officers searched the pickup truck and found a fake gun, nearly identical in appearance to a real weapon, on the floorboard of the truck.

According to the release, Fowler is currently on parole in California for armed robbery. He was booked into Solano County Jail on charges of armed robbery and felony evasion.

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