Simi Valley man arrested on suspicion of robbery, kidnapping

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (KABC) -- A 19-year-old man was arrested after allegedly robbing a 7-Eleven in Simi Valley and then kidnapping a customer earlier this month.

Police say Caleb Bauer robbed the convenience store near Royal Avenue and Sycamore Drive around 3:20 a.m. on Feb. 3. During the later investigation, police determined Bauer also kidnapped a customer immediately following the robbery.

On Friday, detectives from the Simi Valley Police Department's narcotics unit learned Bauer was near the Simi Valley Town Center Mall in the 1500 block of Simi Town Center Way. They immediately established surveillance of the area and spotted Bauer on a bicycle.

The suspect fled on foot toward the Jefferson Way Apartments, which are located north of the mall. Patrol, K-9 officers and a helicopter were called to assist police in their search for Bauer. He was eventually found hiding in nearby bushes and arrested on suspicion of robbery and kidnapping.

Details on the well-being of the kidnapping victim were not immediately released by the Simi Valley Police Department.
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