Man arrested in connection with armed robbery at Encinitas gas station

Incident occurred in 3000 block of Manchester Ave.

SAN DIEGO - A knife-wielding man allegedly slashed a man's tires at an Encinitas gas station, threatened him and took his wallet, but was zapped by a sheriff's deputy a short time later and arrested, a sheriff's sergeant said Saturday.

The victim told sheriff's officials he was filling up at the Union 76 at 3085 Manchester Ave., about 10:20 p.m. Friday when he was approached by a man, later identified by sheriff's officials as Jesus Gonzalez, who allegedly demanded his cellphone, sheriff's Sgt. Joe Passalacqua said.

The man refused to hand over his phone and went into the store, only to find when he left, his vehicle had a flat tire, Passalacqua said.

As the man moved toward the station's air pump, he was again approached by the suspect, who this time opened the vehicle's door and began to rummage inside, Passalacqua said.

The victim confronted Gonzales, who then allegedly drew his knife, threatened him and punctured the tires, Passalacqua said. He then allegedly held the knife to the man's abdomen and demanded his wallet, which was handed over.

Sheriff's deputies arrived minutes later. After the suspect did not comply with their instructions, deputies used a stun gun to take Gonzalez into custody, Passalacqua said.

Gonzalez was booked into the Vista Detention Facility on suspicion of robbery, felony vandalism, being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of unlawful paraphernalia, according to Passalacqua and online jail records. He was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail and was scheduled to be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to jail records.

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