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Police: Man arrested after pointing gun at vehicles, attempted robbery in Lompoc

Posted at 3:28 AM, Aug 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-15 09:12:22-04

An attempted robbery suspect is behind bars after being arrested by law enforcement in Lompoc Wednesday.

Police say they received a call from a witness who reported a man was pointing a gun at cars near River Park.

When officers arrived at River Park, police say they spotted the suspect, Harry Lawson, who then ran off toward Bridge House Homeless Shelter.

Officers set up a perimeter in the area of Highway 246 and Sweeney Rd. as they searched for Lawson and the homeless shelter was placed on lockdown, according to police.

Lompoc police say Lawson tried to rob a man at gun point earlier but was not successful.

A replica hand gun was located during the incident, but police say they do not know yet whether Lawson used the fake weapon during the attempted robbery.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office assisted Lompoc police.

Police say dispatchers talked with Lawson who told them he was ready to surrender.

The victim of the attempted robbery identified Lawson as the man who tried to rob them at gunpoint, according to police.

Lawson was arrested and booked into jail on an attempted robbery charge.