San Mateo police make arrest in armed robbery of cellphone store 

A San Francisco man was arrested and booked on armed robbery and kidnapping charges Wednesday after allegedly robbing a San Mateo store of cellphones.

Tajari Turner, 23, is alleged to have walked into the store in the 1700 block of Gum Street about 11 a.m. with a handgun drawn and demanding merchandise, police said. He then reportedly grabbed the employee by the shirt and forced her to a storage area in the back and instructed her to fill up a bag with brand-new cellphones, police said. The suspect then fled.

Police arrived and interviewed the victim, who was able to provide them with a detailed description of the suspect and a partial license plate of the getaway vehicle.

Police discovered the vehicle about a mile away from the store at 25th and Palm avenues. The vehicle was unoccupied at the time, so police watched the vehicle until a man matching the description provided by the victim walked toward the car.

Police initiated contact with the suspect and he fled on foot. After a short chase, police took the suspect into custody.

A search of the vehicle produced the stolen cellphones and the handgun used in the robbery, police said.

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