FAIRFIELD — The suspect in a pair of North Texas Street robberies is currently locked up in San Francisco awaiting return to Solano County, Fairfield police said Wednesday.
San Francisco cops arrested Eric Johnson, 45, on April 19.
Police believe Johnson is the gun-toting man who walked into a business in the 1700 block of North Texas Street wearing a hard hat and orange reflective vest. During the March 29 robbery, Johnson allegedly pistol-whipped a customer before fleeing and drove off in a stolen car that police found later a few blocks from the crime scene.
A few days later, on April 3, Johnson allegedly entered a check cashing store a block away from the previous robbery, again toting a gun and wearing a hard hat and orange reflective vest. During the robbery, Johnson allegedly pointed a handgun at the two employees in the store, robbed them and fled on foot, police said.
Johnson was arrested two days later in Vallejo after another armed robbery. After a few hours behind bars, he posted $55,000 bail and was back out on the street.
Fairfield police connected Johnson to the two North Texas Street robberies after the Vallejo robbery and got a warrant for his arrest that ended his two weeks of freedom.
Police said Johnson’s criminal history includes rape, robbery, armed robbery, burglary, home invasion robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, possession of firearms, auto theft, possession of stolen property, probation violations, parole violations, child abuse, battery, possession of narcotics and false imprisonment. He is also a registered sex offender.
Fairfield detectives are still trying to identify the driver of a silver Chrysler Town and Country Minivan that Johnson was seen in after the first robbery. Anyone with information about the van is asked to police at 428-7600, a 24-hour tip line at 428-7345 or Crime Stoppers at 644-7867.
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