Posted by: Idioma Extra | December 7, 2010

The Weird and the Wonderful

More trouble than he can shake a stick at

Man arrested in robbery using tree branch as weapon at Calif. gas station


IRVINE, Calif. — Police have arrested one of two suspects on suspicion of threatening a gas station clerk with a three-foot-long tree branch during a robbery at the station.

Herlin Mendez, 28, of Buena Park was arrested Tuesday after Irvine police detectives received an anonymous tip from a caller who saw the surveillance video aired on television Monday, according to Irvine police Lt. Barry Aninag.

At the time of Mendez’s arrest, police also found the 1995 Ford mini-van that was used during the robbery, according to police. A tree limb resembling the one used as a weapon during the robbery was found in the van, police said.

Police said Mendez, along with another man who remains at-large, robbed the Shell gas station in the 6100 block of Trabuco Road on Nov. 22.

One man walked into the business and posed as a customer by asking if he could purchase some tires. Shortly after, a second man carrying a three-foot tree limb entered the store and approached the clerk at the cash register, according to police.

The second man threatened the clerk with the tree limb and demanded the money from the cash register, police said. The first man then reached over the counter and tried to open the register drawer.

The men demanded the clerk open the drawer, and the clerk complied, police said. One man grabbed several hundred dollars while another man took several packs of cigarettes from a display. They fled in a blue Ford minivan, according to Aninag.

Irvine patrol officers were on scene within minutes of the crime, although they were unable to find the suspects or vehicle.

The other suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his early 20s, six feet tall, 160 pounds with black hair wearing wire-rimmed glasses, a black shirt, black pants and black dress shoes.

Word of the day

Pronunciation: \kəm-ˈplī\
Origin: Italian complire, from Spanish cumplir to complete, perform what is due, be courteous, modification of Latin complēre to complete
First Known Use: 1602
to do what you have been asked or ordered to do

Move Vocabulary

Anonymous: adj. from or by a person, author, etc, whose name is unknown or withheld
Limb: n.
a large or main branch of a tree
Pose: v.
to assume a posture or attitude

Idioms & Phrases

More than …can shake a stick at: a large quantity, more than one can count

  • Our town has more banks than you can shake a stick at.

At large: free from restraint or confinement; at liberty

  • The murderer is still at large.

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