Carlsbad shoplifter arrested
A 41-year-old shoplifter who shoved a security guard and threatened him with a rock at a Marshall’s department store in Carlsbad was locked up Wednesday, and his wife was in the process of being deported.
Hector Cesar Lopez Olivarria was arrested on suspicion of robbery and assault with a deadly weapon Tuesday afternoon, Carlsbad police Lt. Paul Mendes said.
Shortly before 2:30 p.m., the guard saw Olivarria use wire cutters to remove security sensors from merchandise and confronted him as he was walked out of the Marron Road store without paying, Mendes said.
When confronted, Olivarria shoved the guard and then picked up a rock and threatened him before running into a grown-over creek bed, Mendes said.
Authorities searched unsuccessfully for the suspect for about an hour. Shortly before 5 p.m., police got a call from a Sears mechanic at Plaza Camino Real who said he saw a man in wet clothes and covered in leaves coming out of the creek bed, Mendes said.
An off-duty officer in the area watched the suspect as he walked to a vehicle near South Vista Way and Haymar Road. Mendes said the vehicle was occupied by Olivarria’s wife, who was later identified as 32-year-old Alejandria Cervantes.
She was turned over to immigration agents for being in the country illegally after being cited for driving without a license and without insurance. Olivarria was arrested and booked into the Vista jail on suspicion of robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.
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