Convenience store robbery suspect nabbed

Sharna Johnson

A 21-year-old Clovis man was apprehended less than 30 minutes after police say he robbed a Stripes convenience store in north Clovis on Monday night.

Robert Martinez is charged with robbery and aggravated assault, Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders said.

Martinez is being held on $47,000 bond, according to jail officials.

Officers were dispatched to the store at 3412 N. Prince around 11:30 p.m. for a report of a robbery, records show.

“A young man comes in and looks like he points a gun at the clerks (and) demands some money,” Sanders said.

Sanders said the clerks gave the suspect an undetermined amount of cash and he left the store.

Officer Jimmie Brown encountered Martinez, who matched the description of the suspect, in the area of Main and Manana streets 27 minutes later, Sanders said.

Police found a Smith & Wesson .38 Special revolver in Martinez’ possession along with an undisclosed amount of cash, Sanders said.

No one was injured in the incident, Sanders said.

Store robberies are not common in the area, he said.

“Normally it’s more of the shoplifting than it is the robbery where they’re actually using force to take something,” he said.