A San Francisco police officer has been arrested for alleged involvement in an armed robbery at a Rite Aid store during which the suspect told workers that he had a gun and demanded medication, the San Francisco Police Department said in a statement.
The incident reportedly happened about 4:45 p.m. on Sunday, at a Rite Aid on Shattuck Avenue in North Beach. According to a witness’s account, the man reportedly pointed a gun at store employees, saying he was having trouble breathing and wanted some respiratory medications. The suspect allegedly made his way to a dressing room, got into a conversation with two women and unlocked the door.
When he was confronted by the employees, the suspect, who police identified as 37-year-old Christopher Crosson, allegedly said that the couple with him was also armed and threatened to shoot them.
After they learned he wasn’t actually armed, one of the women allowed the suspect to use her cell phone to call his wife. “The woman took the phone away from him and started screaming, and by this time the suspect was leaving with the phone and leaving the store,” the witness told KTVU-TV.
The alleged perpetrator then headed to a bus stop and returned home. After about four hours, the police arrived and arrested him. The California Department of Corrections confirmed that Crosson is a staff member at the California Institution for Men, which houses male inmates.
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