A man accused of pulling a knife on a Placerville grocery store employee, then leading police on foot chase across Highway 50, was taken into custody Thursday.
The incident began about 6:14 p.m., when Placerville officers responded to a report of a robbery that had just occurred at the Grocery Outlet, 1426 Broadway. They were told that the suspect, later identified as 57-year-old Eddie Carmichael, had stolen merchandise from the store, according to a Police Department news release.
An employee reportedly saw Carmichael leaving the store with the items and told him to stop. Carmichael stopped walking, turned toward the employee and pulled out a knife, the news release said. Carmichael then ran from the store, heading west and dropping some of the stolen merchandise from a bag.
Officers searched the area and found a man matching Carmichael’s description near Jimboy’s Tacos at 1405 Broadway. When Carmichael saw the officers, he ran onto the eastbound Highway 50 on-ramp at Schnell School Road.
Officers ordered Carmichael to stop, but he continued to run, dropping stolen merchandise behind a tree, according to police. He then ran across all lanes of traffic on Highway 50, with officers in pursuit.
Officers caught up with Carmichael on a hill near the westbound Highway 50 on-ramp, where they took him into custody.
Carmichael was booked into El Dorado County Jail on suspicion of robbery, resisting arrest and violation of probation.
Carmichael was sentenced in 2000 to 25 years to life in prison for multiple felony offenses, the news release said. In 2013, after serving 12 years in prison, his sentence was “realigned” and he was released under provisions of Assembly Bill 109, the state’s public safety realignment legislation intended to relieve crowding in California prisons.