A Merced man who was wanted on a misdemeanor trespassing warrant robbed a man over the weekend before throwing him into Bear Creek, the Merced Police Department reported.
Police heard a man calling for help around 6 a.m. Saturday in the 300 block of West 28th Street, Capt. Tom Trindad said.
The 22-year-old victim told police the man confronted him, took his cellphone, and threw him in the creek, police said.
Trindad said the victim was not reported to have any serious injuries.
Officer Jose Barajas worked with the telephone company to locate the man’s cellphone a short time later.
“The officer interviewed a man who was on probation who said someone else had just given him the phone and he led police to that person,” Trindad said. “I’m sure that person was motivated to help because he didn’t want to go to jail, too.”
Officers arrested Bradley Robinson, 28, on suspicion of strong-armed robbery and controlled substance possession. Police then learned that Robinson was wanted on an unrelated misdemeanor trespassing warrant.
Robinson was booked at the Merced County jail on more than $110,000 bail, according to jail records.
He was still in custody Monday.
Trindad credited the officer’s fast work, interview skills and coordination with the cellular provider for making the arrest.