A man was arrested at around 6:45 p.m. Thursday, December 23rd, in the area of Fourth Street and Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica after he allegedly held up a retail store some blocks away for an undisclosed amount of cash.
When arrested by police, the man attempted to pull a handgun out of his waistband, police allege.
Police were called to the 900 block of Montana Avenue regarding an armed robbery in progress.
When officers arrived, they were met by the victim who said the suspect was last seen on foot westbound on Montana Avenue.
Police were told the suspect entered the store, displayed a handgun and demanded money.
After getting the money, the suspect left the business on foot.
Officers were told that the suspect was seen boarding a bus at Lincoln Boulevard and Montana Avenue.
Police began following the bus and at Fourth Street and Wilshire Boulevard the bus was stopped by the officers.
Once the bus was stopped, the suspect left the bus and ran while being pursued by officers.
The suspect was eventually taken into custody with the aid of a police dog.
While officers were struggling with the suspect, police allege he attempted to pull a handgun from his waistband.
The suspect was taken into custody and officers recovered a handgun and an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency taken in the armed robbery.
Police have identified the suspect as 46-year-old Donald Harris.
Harris was paroled Friday, November 5th, after serving 16 years of a 32-year prison sentence for armed robbery.
Harris was booked at the Santa Monica Jail and charged with armed robbery and parole violation.