MODESTO (CBS13) – A man suspected of robbing several Modesto-area businesses, including a Little Caesar’s Pizza, has been arrested, police say.

According to the Modesto Police Department, an officer who was out on patrol Wednesday evening spotted a suspect from an earlier robbery along Paradise Road. The suspect, Mykel Roberts, was also driving a car that had been reported stolen in Turlock earlier in the day.

The officer tried to pull Roberts over, but he took off. The officer broke off the chase after Roberts started driving dangerously.

Roberts eventually crashed the car near Lynne Renee Court. Officers later arrested him at a friend’s house along that street.

Detectives also served a search warrant at that home after Roberts was arrested. They say they linked Roberts to at least seven robberies in the area where a suspect had reportedly used an AR-15 style rifle.

The robberies happened at businesses in Modesto, Turlock and unincorporated parts of Stanislaus County. Detectives say Roberts is suspected of firing a weapon at one clerk during a Turlock robbery.

At least two other suspects linked to the robberies are still being sought.

Anyone with more information relevant to the investigation is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636.

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On 7/31/19 at approximately 6pm, the Modesto Police Department Street Gang Unit was patrolling the area of Sutter and Rouse when they spotted a male wanted in an earlier commercial robbery of Little Caesar’s Pizza at 315 Paradise Road. The male, identified as Mykel ROBERTS, was driving a black older model Honda Accord that was reported stolen out of the City of Turlock earlier in the morning. The Officers attempted to stop ROBERTS by activating their emergency lights and siren however, ROBERTS fled. Due to the safety of Modesto motorists and ROBERT’S unsafe and dangerous driving, the pursuit was terminated. ROBERTS was last seen getting onto S/B highway 99 where he ended up taking the Crows Landing Road exit. ROBERTS continued driving until he reached the area of Ustick and Lynne Renee Court where he crashed the stolen vehicle and fled on foot. ROBERTS was eventually captured hiding inside a friends’ house in the 1500 block of Lynne Renee Court. Detectives with the newly formed Major Crimes Unit took over the investigation and a search warrant was served at the address on Lynne Renee Court. As the investigation progressed, ROBERTS was found to be the suspect in seven commercial robberies involving a suspect using a short barreled AR15 type rifle. Four robberies occurred within the jurisdiction of the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department, three within the City of Modesto and one robbery occurred in Turlock where ROBERTS fired a handgun at the clerk after the robbery. The investigation is ongoing and at least two other suspects are outstanding. Special thanks to Stanislaus County Probation for identifying ROBERTS. Anyone with information regarding the above robberies and suspects is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 209-521-4636.

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