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APD Strong Arm Robbery in Hate Crime

An Auburn man was arrest for strong armed robbery and a hate crime enhancement the morning of July 4th.

On the 4th of July at approximately 10:06 a.m., Auburn police officers were dispatched to the 7-11 store located in the five hundred block of Auburn Ravine Road for a report that the store’s clerk was involved in a physical fight with a male subject. The investigation indicated that the male subject, who was identified as 20 year old James Counts, had physically attacked the clerk after the clerk confronted Counts for taking a fountain drink from the store without paying for it. Auburn police officer James Dalton says During the incident, Counts made some derogatory comments to the clerk regarding the clerk’s race.

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The clerk received some minor injuries as a result of the attack, but he continued to stay at work and did not seek medical treatment. Officer Chris Forman arrested Counts for robbery, which is stealing by means of force or fear as well as committing a hate crime. Counts was booked into the Placer County Jail and his bail was set 50,000 dollars.


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