Carnelle Parks, 28, has been arrested after allegedly robbing a local market, then holding two teens hostage in their own home, reports KTLA.com.
Parks chose the home randomly after he allegedly held-up Bob’s Market in Rialto, California on Thursday afternoon. Unbeknownst to him, an off-duty police cop, Officer Roger Nakamura, was eating lunch when he pulled a gun on the worker behind the counter. The cop stood to confront him and Parks bolted. A chase ensued, ending with Parks barricading himself in a random home after pushing himself inside. Two teenagers were alone inside.
“I looked outside and there was police right here outside of my window with their guns drawn pointing this way,” said witness Kristin King to CBS Los Angeles. “A police woman actually came in the house and was looking outside my back patio and told me and my son just to go upstairs.”
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Parks told two occupants, a 13-year-old boy and an 18-year-old [woman], to go upstairs and lock themselves in a bathroom.
Officers created a perimeter in the area and eventually made contact with Parks.
He gave himself up to police after about an hour.
Parks is on parole for a residential robbery.
Both the gun used in the crime and the money stolen from Bob’s market have been recovered, reports CBS Los Angeles.
“The officer that chased him in the initial foot pursuit was able to positively identify him as the suspect involved in the armed robbery,” said Capt. Randy De Anda of the Rialto Police Department.
See the exclusive video report from KTLA here.