Man gets robbed for recyclables at knife point

Man gets robbed for recyclables at knife point

EL CENTRO, Calif. – A transient man was arrested after he pulled a knife demanding another man’s recyclables, according to police.

El Centro Police Department arrested John Molina, 33, less than an hour after the incident.

According to police, the victim claims Molina pulled a knife and demanded the bags of recyclables in the area of Fourth Street and State Street shortly before 5 a.m. The victim said he handed over the recyclables and Molina fled the area.

Police officers said the victim spotted Molina in the area of South Third Street and Broadway Street less than an hour after the incident. Officers arrived and said Molina tried to flee on a bicycle when they showed up.

He was eventually arrested and booked into Imperial County Jail for felony robbery.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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