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VENTURA : Man Allegedly Fired Shot at Samaritan

A 23-year-old Oxnard man was scheduled to be arraigned today on charges that he tried to shoot a good Samaritan during a botched robbery attempt outside Trader Joe’s grocery store in Ventura Monday night.

Jose Manuel Andino was taken into custody at his home in the 3300 block of South A Street about 12:10 a.m. Tuesday after police traced the license plate of the car he was driving to his mother. Witnesses wrote down the number of the 1983 sedan as Andino fled the scene.

Andino pointed a gun at an unidentified woman customer outside Trader Joe’s at about 8 p.m. Monday, demanding her purse, police said. But she ran away screaming, and a bystander, 32-year-old Jerr Addonis of Ventura, confronted the would-be robber.

Andino demanded money from Addonis, who told the man he had no cash. Andino then fired his gun, missing Addonis and smashing a nearby window, police said. Andino then fled the scene, police said.

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He was booked into Ventura County Jail on suspicion of attempted armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon, Burt said.


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