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Alleged Craigslist robber captured by Roseville police

Six-month investigation used forensics
By: Scott Thomas Anderson, Editor
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A man suspected of using Craigslist to commit a robbery at gunpoint in July is now in custody, after a lengthy probe by Roseville police detectives identified him as the prime suspect in the case.

Dominique Albert Holmes is now facing a host of felony charges.

The investigation first began on July 29, when a Folsom resident setup a deal to sell his iPhone to a stranger via Craigslist. The victim met with the supposed “buyer” near a gas station on the corner of Sunrise Avenue and Cirby Way in Roseville. During the encounter, the “buyer” suddenly grabbed the iPhone by force without paying. According to Roseville police spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther, the victim initially put up a fight, tackling the robber and fighting with him. However, the robber was not alone. A second assailant stepped in and pulled out a gun. At that point, the victim was robbed.   

The suspects fled the scene in a car.

“Officers interviewed the victim and witnesses, and collected various pieces of evidence from the scene,” Gunther said. “At first, detectives didn’t have much to go on.”

Despite the fact that no witnesses managed to write down the get-away car’s license plate number, investigators pressed on, collecting forensic evidence and interviewing people in the area. Gunther said the findings eventually led to Holmes, a 23-year-old resident of Vacaville. The Solano County Probation Department played a key role in helping detectives assemble their case against Holmes.

On Dec. 5, the Placer County District Attorney’s Office reviewed the findings against Holmes and filed an arrest warrant for robbery and using a firearm in the commission of a crime. Gunther said Holmes was already in custody in Solano County for an unrelated crime, when Roseville detectives served him with the warrant.

Holmes has now been transferred to the Placer County Jail and is being held on $50,000 bail.

Roseville police are still attempting to identify Holmes’ accomplice.