December 08, 2010

Herlin Mendez - Jailed After Using Tree Branch To Commit A “Stick Up”

Irvine, California (The Weekly Vice) - Herlin Mendez, a 28-year-old Buena Park man was jailed Tuesday after he and an accomplice allegedly attempted to rob a gas station with a tree branch.

According to the Irvine Police Department, a man walked into a Trabuco Road Shell station at approximately 8:30 p.m. Monday and asked about some tires. While the clerk was talking to the customer, a second man, later identified as Mendez, entered the station and threatened the clerk with a large branch.

Both of the men then reportedly forced the clerk to open the cash register. They took several hundred dollars and several packs of cigarettes, then fled the scene in a blue 1995 Ford van. The entire incident was recorded on the store's video surveillance camera.

Investigators say detectives were able to apprehend Mendez after the surveillance video aired on a local news station. Officers also recovered the van, and found a three-foot tree limb inside believed to be the same one used in the robbery.

Mendez was booked into jail and charged with robbery.

The second suspect is still at large. He is described as Hispanic male in his early to mid 20s, six feet tall and 160 pounds. He was wearing black pants, black shirt, black shoes and wire-rimmed glasses during the robbery. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Det. Erika Hutchcraft of the Irvine Police Department at 949-724-7124.

Mandi Milenko
The Weekly Vice

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