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.
Friesen was booked into El Dorado County Jail on suspicion of robbery and vehicle theft, as well as the fugitive warrant.