Police: Pedestrian robbed at gunpoint

2013-01-21T10:31:00Z 2013-01-21T21:34:35Z Police: Pedestrian robbed at gunpointRegister staff Napa Valley Register
January 21, 2013 10:31 am  • 

Police arrested a 26-year-old Napa man after he allegedly robbed a pedestrian at gunpoint Saturday night, authorities said.

Officers were called around 8 p.m. to the area of Silverado Trail and Lincoln Avenue on report of an armed robbery, the Napa Police Department said. The alleged victim told officers that he was walking on the Trail when he was approached by the suspect, who demanded he surrender his property.

When the victim refused to give the alleged robber the demanded items, the robber reportedly pointed a handgun at the victim, police said. The victim gave the suspect his cellphone and the suspect allegedly fled on foot.

The victim provided police with a description of the suspect and a Special Enforcement Unit spotted the man near Lincoln Avenue and Jordan Lane, authorities said. A foot pursuit ensued and the suspect was apprehended.

A K-9 unit was called in and located a .25 caliber gun and other evidence nearby, police said.

The suspect, Mathew Steven Luna, was arrested on suspicion of robbery, illegal possession of a firearm, illegally carrying a concealed firearm and resisting arrest, according to the booking report at the Napa County jail, where he was taken.

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  1. odiedog52
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    odiedog52 - January 21, 2013 11:27 am
    Illegal possession of a handgun, and used in the commission of a serious crime? Imagine that.

    Good thing Thompson doesn't think we need weapons to protect ourselves.
  2. valleygrl
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    valleygrl - January 21, 2013 12:33 pm
    I live near there. I am glad this person was arrested. Thank you NPD!!
  3. rocketman
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    rocketman - January 21, 2013 1:20 pm
    .....this is the type of crime the democrats want to ignore because all of their gun initiatives won't stop this.....
  4. Thirdgenapa
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    Thirdgenapa - January 21, 2013 5:41 pm
    Are the above post authors suggesting that everyone should carry a gun in case we get robbed? No, the napa police did their job and caught the offender. No vigilantism was needed. We pay the police to do exactly this, to carry the guns so we don't have to.
  5. odiedog52
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    odiedog52 - January 21, 2013 9:31 pm
    People should be able to carry a gun for many reasons, if that's their prerogative and they're responsible enough to carry one.

    We don't pay cops to carry guns, we pay them to enforce laws. Regardless, in many cases by the time police arrive, it's too late.

    Lastly, someone defending themselves is not vigilantism.
  6. napa1957
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    napa1957 - January 21, 2013 10:34 pm
    You seem to forget that the victim could have been shot, even killed, and the Police who, I agree, did their job, may not have had the benefit of a description from the victim which may have made it a little harder to do their job.
  7. WYN007
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    WYN007 - January 22, 2013 12:19 am
    Thank you NPD!!
  8. selim_sivad
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    selim_sivad - January 22, 2013 8:37 am
    The victim could have been shot had he not handed over his cell phone. Maybe. Perhaps.

    But instead the victim did the smart thing and surrendered the cell phone instead of trying to turn the corner of Silverado Trail and Lincoln into a Wild West shootout.

    Imagine; instead of a gun, how about learning a martial art: you can disarm and beat up a perp and not have to worry about aim, or hitting a bystander, or gun licensing. You don't have to worry about someone breaking in to your home and stealing your gun before you have a chance to get it.

    But then that would require EFFORT and EXERCISE and OBEYING RULES. Those are three strikes for a lot of the more vocal gun owners.
  9. odiedog52
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    odiedog52 - January 22, 2013 10:19 am
    That's your grand idea? Learn martial arts and try to disarm by hand an armed criminal who is holding you at GUN POINT? I assure you, that would end fatally in nearly all cases.

    Most gun owners, especially those that legally daily carry a weapon, are extremely proficient with their weapon, and train for many situations, such as being held at gun point by an armed perp. A "Wild West shootout" is a nice exaggeration, but I wouldn't expect anything less from someone like you.

    Let's not forget many of these criminals who would hold someone at gunpoint clearly have little to no regard for other people and wouldn't hesitate to pull the trigger, even if you tried your Jackie Chan moves straight out of Hollywood. Let us also not forget there would be a good chance a guy like this would be high on drugs, which would make it a little harder to judo chop a weapon out of his hands and "beat up a perp".

    Can we focus back on reality now?
  10. NapaMama11
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    NapaMama11 - January 22, 2013 1:43 pm
    How does getting robbed at gun point have ANYTHING to do with politics?? People are going to have guns no matter what the laws are, there's no one you can blame for this other than the guy who broke the law. And seriously, bring a gun when you go out on a walk?!?! You people are so terrified of the world. Just try to enjoy the day, you're going to die one day no matter how hard you complain and blame and live in fear.
  11. odiedog52
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    odiedog52 - January 22, 2013 5:05 pm
    "And seriously, bring a gun when you go out on a walk?!?!" ... You must have missed the part where the victim was held at GUNPOINT ... while taking a walk. If you don't want to carry a weapon and you're fine with hoping you aren't killed if and when you might be in a similar situation (I guarantee this person never thought it would happen to them) and that the police can get there faster than 10 minutes, that's your prerogative. For me, I'd rather legally carry a concealed weapon. I'm not terrified of the world, and as a combat veteran of Iraq, I've seen scarier things than most of you. However, I'm not going to roll over and be a victim if there are means to protect myself.

    You're right, people will always have guns no matter what the laws are, but law abiding citizens will only abide by the laws. This puts them at a clear disadvantage when assaulted by an armed criminal.
  12. Old Time Napkin
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    Old Time Napkin - January 22, 2013 8:33 pm
    Anybody notice the increase in crime since Brown started the re-alignment program and sending felons out on early parole? Just watch and see how many of these crimes are committed by people who are on parole or probation.. It's going to get worse.
  13. gettingreal
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    gettingreal - January 22, 2013 10:33 pm
    Bring martial arts to a gun fight? I think you've been watching too much TV. When the shooting started at sandy hook, those teachers would have given anything for a gun and the training to use it. Martial arts, not so much.
  14. mihalinka
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    mihalinka - January 26, 2013 1:52 pm
    odiedog52, I like you. Wish there were more clear-headed folks like you out there. And thank you for your service, btw. .
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