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Police nab armed robbery suspect with community's help

Police arrested 19-year-old Dominic Loya and charged him in connection to an armed robbery at a Wal-mart on Nov. 27.

Police nab armed robbery suspect with community's help

By Taylor Higgins. CREATED Dec 17, 2013 - UPDATED: Dec 20, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Police have arrested a man connected to an armed robbery at a Wal-mart on Tucson's southwest side.

Sgt.Chris Widmer with the Tucson Police Department says police arrested 19-year-old Dominic Loya and charged him in connection to an armed robbery from Nov. 27.

Widmer says that police were able to catch Loya because someone recognized him on the news. Those people contacted authorities. Police investigated the tip and determined Loya to be the man responsive for the robbery.

Earlier this month, police contacted 9OYS to say that a man had robbed the Wal-Mart, located at 1260 E. Market Place Blvd on Wednesday, Nov. 27.

The man picked items that were on sale and tried to conceal them in his vest pockets, Widmer said.

When he went to leave the store with the items, a security officer tried to stop him. At this time, concealed his hand inside his pocket and threatened to use a taser on Wal-Mart's employees, according to Widmer.

The man then left the store. He is described as a Hispanic male, late teens to early 20's, approximately 6-foot-tall, 170 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Police say thank you to everyone in the community who took a moment to look at Loya's photo taken by security surveillance. The community played a big role in catching Loya.