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Authorities identify suspects arrested after pair of Sacramento County armed robberies

Two men were arrested in connection with armed robberies of two Sacramento County liquor stores. One of the robberies left the store’s owner with a gunshot wound.

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department identified the arrested suspects as David Bell, 22, and Demetrius M. Johnson, 25. Bell is being charged with felony robbery, and Johnson faces charges of felony assault with a deadly weapon and felony robbery. They were arrested shortly after the Friday evening robberies.

The two robberies happened within minutes of each other at liquor stores relatively near each other on Franklin Boulevard in Sacramento County, south of the city limits.

The first call to police was received at 6:32 p.m. Friday from an employee of Star Liquor at 6351 Franklin Blvd., who said the owner of the business had been shot during a robbery, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Lisa Bowman. She said the business owner was shot in the arm and taken to an area hospital for treatment. The wound, she said, was not considered life-threatening.

At 6:42 p.m., a call to police was received from an employee of Port Liquor at 6225 Franklin Blvd., who said the store had been robbed by six to seven men who displayed a handgun and took merchandise, Bowman said. No shots were fired, and no one was hurt.

Shortly after the second robbery, a sheriff’s helicopter crew spotted two men walking over a pedestrian bridge on Franklin Boulevard. They reportedly were wearing clothing similar to that described by witnesses of each robbery. The suspects were apprehended by deputies and a handgun was recovered.