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Police arrested a 25-year-old Murrieta man on charges of robbery, possession of an unlawful firearm and possession of a controlled substance around 9:00 a.m. Tuesday in the 25000 block of Blackwood Road in Murrieta after he allegedly robbed a business where he used to work, according to a Sheriff’s official.
Albert Torres allegedly snuck in through the back of Mitra’s Café, a business in the unincorporated area of Murrieta Hot Springs road and robbed it at knifepoint while wearing a darkly-colored hat and ski goggles, according to a Riverside County Sheriff’s report.
The owner of the business believed he recognized the robber as Torres, who was a former employee there, according to Sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Fredericks.
Deputies and officers located and detained Torres, who had just arrived home on his bicycle, Fredericks said.
Torres had just paid his landlord with small denomination bills which police believe were stolen during the robbery. During an investigation of Torres’ residence, deputies located the same weapon and clothing items the suspect had while robbing the business, according to Fredericks.
Fredericks also said Torres unlawfully possessed prescription narcotics and also possessed an illegal short-barrel rifle inside his home.
Torres was booked at Southwest Station. Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact the station at 951-696-3000.