Man arrested on robbery, theft allegations




A Garden City man was arrested in connection with an attempted automobile theft Wednesday night.

Cesar Holguin, 21, 3200 E. Schulman Ave., was arrested at 8:30 p.m. in the 1600 block of Kansas Plaza on allegations of aggravated robbery and theft.

According to Garden City police, officers responded to the parking lot of McDonald's, 1613 E. Kansas Ave., at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday on a reported robbery that had just occurred.

The initial investigation determined that a 61-year-old Pierceville man parked his 2006 Dodge Caravan in the parking lot of the business with his wife as a passenger. As they exited the vehicle, the man was approached by a Hispanic male who was armed with a knife, which he threatened the man with as he demanded the car keys. The man complied with the demand and the suspect drove off in the man's vehicle.

A short time after the initial report, an off-duty Garden City police officer was driving toward Garden City on Kansas Highway 156, when he saw a dark-colored van driving eastbound, without its headlights on. The officer called to report the van and was informed of the robbery that had just occurred. The officer turned around to follow the van and was able to confirm the van he was following was the van stolen from McDonald's.

Finney County Sheriff's deputies were notified and were able to stop the van on K-156 near mile marker 33.

The driver of the stolen van was taken into custody without incident and identified as Holguin, who was transferred to police custody and lodged in the Finney County Jail on allegations of aggravated robbery and felony theft.

No one was injured during the incident, and the van was released back to the man and his wife.

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