H-SANTA MARIA

Nov 17, 2013 1:56 AM by Victoria Johnson

UPDATE: Santa Maria Police arrest armed robbery suspect

The Santa Maria Police Department identified the suspect in this morning's armed robbery as 55 year-old Arthur McClay Watkins of Arroyo Grande.The armed bank robbery happened at the Wells Fargo Bank located at 407 E. Main Street in Santa Maria just after 9 a.m. Saturday morning. Santa Maria police say Watkins tried to run from police, pointed a gun at an officer and dropped an undisclosed amount of money. The money was picked up by 19-year old Jose Villa Mendez of Santa Maria. Mendez did not hand over the money to police and tried to run but was caught. The money was later recovered. Watkins was booked in jail for robbery and assault with a deadly weapon against a peace officer. Mendez was booked for grand theft and possession of stolen property. It is unknown at this time if they were working together in this crime.

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