FALL RIVER MILLS, Calif. - Alert citizens helped deputies catch two suspects in an early morning gas station armed robbery.
The first employee to arrive at the Chevron gas station in the 43000 block of Highway 299 East in Fall River Mills Sunday morning noticed the back storage door was open and saw that the lights were on, which made her suspicious.
Shasta County Sheriff's deputies said the employee told them she saw a young man leave the building, all the while attempting to conceal his face with his t-shirt, which was wrapped around his head.
The employee became frightened and left the store, but contacted the store manager. That manager quickly arrived and told deputies that he saw two young men carrying merchandise and pushing a cart full of liquor from the business to the highway.
The store manager told deputies that he confronted the two young mean who had t-shirts concealing their identities, before one of them pulled out a small gun and pointed it at him. The store manager told authorities he accelerated the cart because he feared for his life, which caused the cart to hit one of the suspects.
Witnesses told deputies the two young men had run off toward the rice fields.
During the investigation, a citizen directed a deputy to the area of Highway 299 East and Airport Road. A deputy arrived there and said they located their suspects, who matched the description provided by the store employees.
Both of the suspects were 17 years old, said, deputies. Both of them were taken into custody without incident. They did make a stop at the local hospital because one had been hit by a moving vehicle and there was also suspicion of intoxication.
The suspects were charged with first-degree robbery and second-degree burglary. They are now in the Shasta County Juvenile Hall.