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Renwick Johnson, 37, charged with six counts of robbery after allegedly fleeing the scene and then leading police on a high-speed chase
San Francisco police officer arrested for alleged Rite Aid robbery
A San Francisco police officer was arrested on Thursday for allegedly robbing a Rite Aid store on Monday.
Shakey Mizell, a spokesman for the San Francisco police department, said that Renwick Johnson, 37, was being held on $100,000 bail at San Francisco County jail.
Officer Robert Martin, a police spokesman, told NBC Bay Area that Johnson, who had served with the department for more than a decade, was booked at 4pm in connection with six counts of robbery, including two counts for being armed during a robbery.
The arrest came hours after the department revealed that Johnson had been suspended without pay.
Martin said Johnson was suspended due to an investigation into the high-speed chase that followed the robbery.
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The department’s public information officer, Officer Gordon Shyy, said that the incident began when an unarmed gunman walked into the Rite Aid pharmacy on Geary Boulevard at around 5pm. He apparently stole cash and used pepper spray on an employee.
After fleeing the store, he is said to have crashed his car and ran through a nearby neighborhood before robbing a second pharmacy. Shyy said that a high-speed pursuit with police ensued. At some point, the gunman exited his car and hid in a tree, prompting officers to surround the area.
Officer Johnson was apprehended in the area of Breed Street and Market Street, Shyy said.
No one was injured in the incident, though one person was treated for pepper spray exposure.
Mizell said in a statement: “Once it became clear that the employee had been hit in the face with a pepper spray canister, Mr Johnson was taken into custody without incident.”
NBC Bay Area identified the officer’s passenger as Jennifer Paul, who was arrested on a felony drug warrant. She was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, and was released from jail on Thursday after posting $25,000 bail.
The suspect will be arraigned on Monday.
Martin told NBC Bay Area that investigators are examining surveillance footage from both businesses and that they believe there are additional suspects. The department has established a tip line for the incident: 415-575-4444.