Rite Aide store robbery ends with 2 arrested

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - On Friday at about 2:15 p.m., officers of the Bakersfield Police Department were sent to Rite Aide located at 8000 White Lane regarding an assault with a firearm. 

Officers said 47-year-old Orion Johnson approached a store employee armed with a firearm that was wrapped in a towel. 

Officers said Johnson demanded money from the employee and fled the store after taking the currency. 

During the investigation, the BPD received a report of a hit and run traffic collision that had just occurred in the parking lot of the same Rite Aid.  The suspect of the hit and run collision matched the description of Johnson and the suspect vehicle was occupied with a woman.

The suspect vehicle of the hit and run collision was described as a black Chevrolet Monte Carlo and a partial license plate was provided by witnesses.

At around 2:30 p.m., Officer Hernandez was circulating for the suspect vehicle when he located a vehicle matching the description parked in the driveway of a residence located in the 6000 block of Chicory Drive. 

Officer Hernandez said he parked in a position to observe the home and updated officers when he observed Johnson exit the home. 

Johnson looked toward the area where Officer Hernandez was parked and went back into the home, officials said.  A woman who matched the description of the passenger in the hit and run suspect vehicle walked out of the same home, officials said. 

Officers established a perimeter around the home and Johnson was contacted by officers as he exited the backyard.  The female was detained to the front of the home.

Johnson was identified as the suspect involved in the robbery.  The female was also identified as the passenger in the hit and run suspect vehicle. 

A search of the residence revealed the loss taken in the robbery and a firearm.  The firearm was determined to be a replica pellet gun.

Johnson was arrested on charges of robbery, possession and transportation of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, hit and run, and vehicle code violations.  The investigation revealed the female was not a participant of the robbery.  She was arrested on unrelated warrant charges. 

The store employee was not injured during the robbery. 

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Bakersfield Police Department at 327-7111, or Detective Paul Yoon at 326-3511.

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