EPA man, 19, arrested for strong-arm robbery

Man allegedly shoved woman to ground in early August, stole her cell phone

Police arrested an East Palo Alto man Thursday (Aug. 25) in connection with a strong-arm robbery in early August, authorities said.

Vicente Arellano Buentostro, 19, was arrested at about 8 a.m. at a family member's home in the 2200 block of Pulgas Avenue in East Palo Alto, Redwood City police said.

Buentostro was arrested for allegedly shoving a 22-year-old Redwood City resident to the ground and stealing her cell phone Aug. 1, authorities said. The suspect approached the woman and began a conversation when he shoved her to the ground. The victim sustained minor injuries, police said.

The suspect fled on foot and witnesses said they saw him enter a parked vehicle that was nearby. Officers located the vehicle unoccupied shortly after the robbery, police said. Detectives identified the suspect and issued an arrest warrant Aug. 4. He was booked into San Mateo County jail.

— Bay City News Service


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Posted by J
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 25, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Naïve and possibly troubled young man.
I thought teens understood phones could be tracked?

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Posted by JustMe
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 25, 2011 at 3:35 pm

If petty criminals had brains they would not be petty criminals.It does not take much intelligence to see that it is a pretty dead-end career. We all did stupid things when we were younger that we would never have done later on. The problem is that now, if this guy gets smart and tries to go straight, he is going to have one very ugly blot on his record that could prevent him from getting jobs, housing, a mate, etc. Used to be you could just go west and start over, now your dumb mistakes follow and haunt you for the rest of your life.

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