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San Rafael Police Department

San Rafael Police Department

Public Health: Shelter in Place Order

For Immediate Release

Author: Sgt. Lisa Holton
Date: January 23, 2019 2:28 PM
Case Number: SR18-09440

Suspect Identified in Marin County Robbery Series

San Rafael Police investigated a robbery series which began in early December. Between December 4, 2018 and January 14, 2019 Ricardo Jose Escobar Hernandez is believed to have committed five separate armed robberies in Marin County. In each case the suspect produced what appeared to be a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded money. Hernandez is linked to additional robberies in San Francisco and the East Bay.  The following robberies occurred in Marin County: 

  • December 4, 2018  Dry Cleaner on Bellam Blvd. San Rafael
  • December 5, 2018  Gas Station on Ashford Ave. Mill Valley
  • December 24, 2018 Gas Station on Ashford Ave. Mill Valley
  • December 27, 2018 Subway on Irwin St. San Rafael
  • January 14, 2019 Gas Station on Lincoln Ave. San Rafael

Through surveillance footage and communications with outside police agencies Hernandez was identified as a possible suspect. San Francisco Police Department Inspectors located Hernandez and evidence linking him to the crimes. Hernandez was arrested and booked into the San Francisco County Jail. San Rafael and Mill Valley Detectives will be sending their investigations to the Marin County District Attorney’s Office for review for criminal charges.

This case is a great example of regional law enforcement collaborating and working together to solve violent crime.


Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call San Rafael Police at (415) 485-3000. Tips can also be made online at http://www.srpd.org/tips.

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Posted: January 23, 2019 5:28 PST by Sgt. Lisa Holton

Updated: January 23, 2019 8:58 PST by Alex Holm


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