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San Rafael Police Department

San Rafael Police Department

For Immediate Release

Author: Sergeant Justin Graham
Date: March 24, 2022 10:00 AM

Parolee on GPS Tracker Arrested for Gas Station Robbery

San Rafael, CA – On 03/23/2022, William Alfred Kennedy Jr., a 43-year-old Petaluma resident, was arrested in Richmond shortly after committing a robbery at a gas station in Downtown San Rafael.

Just after 2:20 PM, San Rafael Police Dispatchers received a 9-1-1 call reporting that a robbery had just occurred at a downtown gas station in the area of Second Street and D Street.  Officers immediately responded to the scene.

During the investigation, it was determined that Kennedy walked into the convenience store portion of the gas station and verbally threatened the clerk that he possessed a gun.  The clerk, in fear for their safety, cooperated with Kennedy.  Kennedy took lottery tickets and other items of value from the gas station and fled moments later.  The clerk was able to provide a detailed description of Kennedy and that information was broadcast to surrounding officers.

Additional information was received from the Petaluma Police Department that they were searching for a suspect, who matched the description, that had committed a similar robbery in their jurisdiction on March 19, 2022.  

With the assistance of Petaluma Police and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), SRPD was informed that Kennedy was on parole and was wearing a GPS monitor as part of the terms of his parole.

Using the GPS information, Kennedy was located and arrested in the 900 block of Cutting Boulevard in Richmond.  Kennedy was in possession of the stolen items from the gas station robbery.

Kennedy was booked into the Marin County Jail for 211 PC – Felony Robbery and 3056 PC – Violation of Parole.  SRPD Detectives are continuing to investigate this case and are working with the Petaluma Police Department and CDCR.  This case will be forwarded to the Marin County District Attorney’s Office.

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: March 24, 2022 10:23 PDT by Sergeant Justin Graham

Updated: March 24, 2022 10:24 PDT by Justin Graham

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