A man accused of armed robbery of a Camino business was taken into custody Thursday following a search that included area school campuses.
A man brandishing a gun robbed the Wine Country Station off Highway 50 in Camino about 5:30 a.m., according to an El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office news release. A witness outside the store saw the man leaving the area in a vehicle and was able to provide information to deputies responding to the robbery report. That information led them to a vehicle that had crashed at the intersection of Broadway and Smith Flat Road, just east of Placerville.
Deputies, along with Placerville Police and California Highway Patrol officers, immediately began a search that included schools in the area of Schnell School Road. After search teams left the schools, a man matching the description of the suspect was seen walking through the Dollar Store parking lot on upper Broadway. Deputies contacted and detained the man, identified as 22-year-old Aaron Donald Friesen of Carson City, Nev. A records check of Friesen revealed that he had a felony warrant out of Carson City for domestic violence and that he was considered armed and dangerous, sheriff’s officials said.
Friesen was found with a handgun and it was determined that the vehicle he was seen driving was stolen out of Carson City, the Sheriff’s Office reported.
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Friesen was booked into El Dorado County Jail on suspicion of robbery and vehicle theft, as well as the fugitive warrant.