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Alhambra 7-Eleven robbery leads to officer-involved shooting

A man charged with suspicion of robbery of an Alhambra 7-Eleven on Saturday night was shot at, but reportedly not hit, by a police officer in San Marino prior to arrest. 

The Pasadena Star-News identified the suspect as William Bolczak, 42, a transient from the Hemet area was booked on suspicion of robbery and possession of prescription painkillers.

The Alhambra Police Department received a robbery alarm from the 7-Eleven at 1111 N. Garfield Avenue on Saturday at 11:19 p.m., according to Sergeant Jerry Johnson. Moments later, a witness called the Alhambra Police who said he saw the robbery and that he was following the suspect as he drove eastbound on Huntington Drive. With the information, the police located Bolczak in San Marino. When officers approached Bolczak, he began to threaten officers and made furtive movements toward his waistband, according to police. An officer involved shooting then occurred. The suspect fled on foot and the police began their search. The suspect was later apprehended on the campus of San Marino High School at approximately 6:35 a.m.

The Star-News reports that Bolczak was not wounded in the shooting, and was held with an arraignment scheduled for Wednesday in Alhambra Superior Court.

Read more from the Pasadena Star-News.

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