A man believed to be the prime suspect in a recent gas station robbery has been taken into custody by the Ventura Police Department. The incident unfolded last week when an unknown man walked into the building, pulled a box cutter and demanded the clerk hand over all their cash.
The cash register was emptied on the spot. The suspect placed all the cash and change into a brown paper bag before leaving the building. He then fled in the direction of a local shopping center. Ventura Police Department officials arrived to the scene of the crime a short time later. They looked through video surveillance footage and interviewed the victim.
At the time they began to search the neighborhood they came across a suspicious looking individual near the intersection of Seashell Avenue and Beachmont Street. The man was later identified as 34 year-old Jeremy Ellis. Ellis was found to be in possession of a box cutter and stolen property. He was arrested without incident and was reportedly taken to the Ventura County Jail to be booked into the system. Ellis was charged with at least one count of robbery. The defendant’s bail information was not immediately available but it is believed to have been set between $20,000 and $30,000. Ellis is scheduled to be arraigned later this week. It is believed he will enter a plea of not guilty.