Robbery suspect tries to flee Peoria store after pulling out knife

Peoria AZ police vehicle
Peoria police file photo

A man is accused of robbing a store and attempting to get away by using a knife.

Albert Eugene Hildreth, 36, of Phoenix was arrested Saturday night on one count each of armed robbery, taking the identity of another and drug possession.

Peoria police had responded to the Target near Bell Road and 79th Avenue for an armed robbery call.

Police said a man had entered the store and grabbed several items from the shelves. He then attempted to leave without paying.

Loss prevention staff confronted him at the front of the store. He left the cart of items and tried to push pass security. At one point he pulled out a knife, but the blade was not out.

However, he tried to open it as he struggled with security. An off-duty Glendale officer helped detain the suspect, records state.

Police finally arrested Mr. Hildreth and found two identification cards belonging to other people.

Records state Mr. Hildreth had two warrants out of the Department of Corrections and Glendale.

One of the ID theft victims said he had lost his wallet Friday at the gym.

Mr. Hildreth was booked into jail in lieu of a $50,000 bond. He is due in court Dec. 3 and 5.



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