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May 31, 2023

Arrest made in strong-arm robbery

Hollister police made an arrest in a strong-arm robbery case.

According to a police statement:

On May 1, the Hollister Police Department arrested Joe Parra Jr, 24, of Hollister for a strong-arm robbery that occurred April 19.

On April 19 near midnight, Hollister police officers responded to the area of Memorial Drive and Meridian Street regarding a reported robbery. Responding officers located a 25-year-old Hollister resident who had been assaulted by two unknown subjects. Medical aid was summoned to the scene for the victim, who was later released with moderate injuries.

The investigation revealed the victim was walking in the area when he was approached by the suspects, who demanded his money. When the victim offered the suspects a small amount of money, the suspects assaulted the victim and took his wallet. No weapons were used in the assault.

Follow-up investigation completed by patrol officers and detectives led to an identification of Parra as one of the two suspects in the case.

On May 1, detectives were conducting unrelated follow-up when they spotted Parra driving. Patrol Officers responded and Parra was taken into custody without incident. Parra was booked at the San Benito County Jail on a single charge of robbery. His bail is set at $35,000.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is requested to contact Officer Pompa at The Hollister Police Department at 831-636-4330. Persons wishing to remain anonymous may call WeTip at (800) 78-CRIME. Information provided to WeTip may qualify for a reward.

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