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Armed Robbery in Pico Neighborhood Ends in Arrest  

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By Lookout Staff

October 5, 2011 -- Santa Monica Police apprehended a suspect in an armed robbery in the Pico Neighborhood Tuesday afternoon.

The victim was held up at knife point near Eddie's Junior Market at 20th Street and Pico Boulevard. Police responded shortly after 2:30 p.m.

The suspect had fled the scene of the crime and barricaded himself in a nearby apartment building, according to Police Sergeant Richard Lewis.

A perimeter was set up around the building, and a number of police vehicles set up a command post at the Union 76 gas station next to Santa Monica College.

The suspect refused to exit for some time before finally giving himself up. After he left the building, a team was sent in to make sure no one else was hiding in it.

As of 4 p.m., police were interviewing the victim and a number of witnesses. No one appears to have been injured, said Lewis.

In August 2007, a shooting outside Eddie's Junior Market left two people in critical condition.

Nine years earlier, Eddie’s Junior Market was the scene of a homicide that was part of a crime spree – that included the high-profile murder of a German tourist – that gripped Santa Monica.

Anyone with information about Tuesday's crime is asked to contact Santa Monica Police Department at (310) 458-8495.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call WeTip at 1-800-78-CRIME (1-800-782-7463).

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