ALAMEDA -- The getaway driver in last month's robbery at the Bonfare Market -- where an off-duty sheriff's deputy fatally shot one of two suspects who entered the business -- was arrested Tuesday in Oakland, police said.
Elbert McBride, 41, also known as Andre Lamont Jackson, was served with an arrest warrant when he showed up for an appointment with his federal probation officer.
While the deputy actually shot and killed 42-year-old Laroy Brown of Oakland, McBride is still being held on a murder charge because he allegedly took part in the botched robbery on July 18 that led to Brown's death.
Along with arresting McBride, investigators have identified the man they say accompanied Brown into the store and was wounded when the deputy opened fire.
Marc Traylor, 41, of Alameda showed up at a local hospital shortly after the robbery and gave the staff a suspicious account of his injuries, police said.
Alameda detectives interviewed Traylor the same day and he is currently in custody on unrelated narcotics violations. But Traylor is expected to face charges in connection with the robbery after the Alameda County District Attorney's Office finishes reviewing the case, police said.
The off-duty Alameda County sheriff's deputy happened to be in the market at 1505 High St. reading a magazine when Brown and Traylor -- who were both armed and wearing masks -- entered about 10:30 p.m. and confronted the deputy and the two employees inside, police said.
The deputy, whose name was not released, feared for both his own safety and the safety of others and opened fire, Alameda police Capt. Dave Boersma said.
While Brown was killed, Traylor fled from the market, police said. Witnesses said they heard a vehicle speeding away that investigators now suspect was driven by McBride.
The deputy, a 20-year veteran of the sheriff's office and a member of its SWAT team, was not injured, said Alameda County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly. The two employees inside the store also were not hurt.
Police said the same store was also robbed on July 10 under similar circumstances and detectives are looking for links between the two incidents.
During the robbery on July 10, a 67-year-old employee suffered a cut above his left eye when one of two masked robbers hit him in the face with a handgun, police said.
After arresting McBride on Tuesday, police searched a search warrant at an apartment on Russell Street in Berkeley. But officers did not find any evidence from the Alameda robbery, police Sgt. Mark Reynolds said.
Both McBride and Traylor are being held at Santa Rita Jail. McBride was set to be arraigned on the murder charge Wednesday, while Traylor is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 25.
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