Man accused of entering Anaheim liquor store, attempting to rob customers, clerk

An Anaheim police officer questions a witness after a man crashed into a liquor store and attempted to rob customers on September 1, 2021. (OnScene.TV)

A gunman crashed his car at an Anaheim liquor store and then attempted to rob the clerk and customers on Wednesday evening, police said.

The incident happened at approximately 11:55 p.m. at the House of Spirits liquor store located at 3454 W. Lincoln Ave.

The man drove his car inside the store, got out and began demanding money from the store clerk and customers while brandishing a gun, Anaheim police confirmed to KTLA.

The victims refused to hand over their money and the suspect eventually fled. He was caught by officers who answered the call, police said.

The unidentified suspect did not receive any money or items from the victims during the attempted robbery, and a gun was found at the scene, police said.

He was arrested on suspicion of theft, assault with a deadly weapon and criminal vandalism.

Manpreet Singh, who has managed the liquor store since 2015, said he was about to close when the accident happened.

He thought the crash was an accident before the man got out of the car and pointed a gun at him and the customers. However, he managed to get out of the store and call the police.

“It was crazy. We were scared, to be honest,” Singh said at the scene.

Ivan Fregoso was pumping gasoline at a nearby station when he saw the suspect driving around the parking lot, squealing his tires, before crashing into the store. He said he also watched the man come out and sit outside the store for a while.

“I have no idea what he was doing,” Fregoso said.

The car, which caused extensive damage to the store, was eventually towed out of the building.

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