ENCINITAS (CNS) - A 20-year-old man armed with a shotgun and wearing a ski mask robbed some people in Encinitas early Thursday and was arrested a short time later, authorities said.
Deputies responded at 12:54 a.m. to a report of a man brandishing a firearm in the 800 block of Clark Avenue, according to San Diego County sheriff's Sgt. Darrell Strohl.
The man pointed the weapon at some people as they were exiting a vehicle and demanded their belongings, the sergeant said in a statement. The victims complied, walked away and called 911, he said.
A short time later, deputies found Hernan Cruz in a yard on Clark Avenue, along with a loaded shotgun and ski mask, Strohl said, adding he was taken into custody without further incident.
Cruz was arrested on suspicion of robbery and assault with a deadly weapon, Strohl said.