EL CENTRO — El Centro Police officers responded to an emergency call at Home Depot Saturday, November 28, at approximately 6:55 p.m., regarding the brandishing of a weapon, according to a press release.
When the officers arrived, they determined a robbery had occurred. A Home Depot employee observed Hector Gonzalez Jr. — a 42-year-old El Centro resident — and Dominique Korina Camarena — a 28-year-old El Centro resident — walk into the store and began selecting various power tools before exiting the store without paying for the merchandise.
Officers identified both suspects using Home Depot’s surveillance video. Home Depot security approached Camarena, who was walking out of the store with some of the unpaid merchandise. Gonzalez Jr. saw this and walked toward store security and other Home Depot employees, drew a handgun from his person, and pointed it at the store employees. Upon seeing the gun displayed and pointed at them, the Home Depot employees turned and ran off. At the same time, Gonzalez Jr. and Camarena both fled with approximately $1,000 worth of store merchandise, including power tools.
El Centro Police officers were in the area of Sixth Street and State Street Sunday, November 29, at approximately 6:10 p.m., when they located Gonzalez and Camarena. Both suspects were taken into custody without incident for the theft at Home Depot. The firearm used in the robbery was not recovered.
Gonzalez was booked into the Imperial County Jail for violation of 211 PC (Robbery). Camarena was issued a citation for violation of 459.5(a) PC (Theft). No citizens or employees were injured during the incident, according to the press release.