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Taco truck robbed at gunpoint, suspect fires shots

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 30th, 2013

Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Sgt. Esther Beckmann work with Watsonville Police officer Brian Fulgoni Tuesday in trying to track down a man who allegedly robbed a taco truck operator at gunpoint on Riverside Drive. The robber then went on to fire four rounds at people that were chasing him. (Photos by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE — A man working in a taco truck was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday by a suspect who fired four shots at the victim who pursued him.

According to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office, the robbery occurred approximately 11:30 in a raspberry field near Riverside Drive and Coward Road.

Witnesses said the suspect was a Hispanic man in his 20s who pointed a gun at the victim and demanded money.

Dozens of deputies and officers from the Watsonville Police Department searched the area but did not find a suspect.

Investigators said Wednesday that they did find a gun that may have been connected to the robbery.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division at 454-2311, or the anonymous tip line at 454-2847.

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