Two Teens Arrested in Connection to Camera Store Armed Robbery in Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa police arrested two Oakland teenagers Thursday on suspicion of robbing a camera store.

Three suspects, one armed with a 9mm pistol, entered the Shutterbug Camera store at 3011 Santa Rosa Ave. around 11:45 a.m. Thursday, police said. The suspects grabbed photography items from a counter and put them in backpacks, police said.

The suspects tried to flee when store employees confronted them, but the employees managed to detain an adult and juvenile until police arrived. A store employee was bitten on the arm during the struggle with the suspects, police said.

"In struggling to hold down the older gentleman, he was biting me to try to get away," said store owner Mike Paschka.

The third suspect escaped, and police found the pistol on the ground and recovered the merchandise.

Nelson Green, 18, and a 14-year-old boy were arrested on suspicion of robbery. Green was booked in the Sonoma County Jail and the juvenile was booked in Juvenile Hall.

The third suspect is described as a black male, 13-16 years old, 5 feet 4 to 5 feet 7 inches and approximately 95-120 pounds. He was wearing a black sweatshirt and blue jeans, police said.

"It just hurts us so much more than some other big stores like Apple or whatever that just let them take whatever they want," said Paschka.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Santa Rosa police at (707) 543-3590.

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