EL CERRITO -- An off-duty police officer helped nab a 40-year-old woman suspected of stealing $200 from a gas station and then slapping a clerk who tried to stop her, authorities said.

Kenisha Peterson, of Oakland, allegedly grabbed the cash on Monday as the clerk was counting money on the counter at a Chevron gas station located at 11319 San Pablo Ave., police said.

When the clerk tried to stop Peterson from leaving, she allegedly slapped the clerk in the face and ran off on Potrero Avenue, according to El Cerrito police.

An off-duty officer who saw the incident followed Peterson until police arrived. She was arrested on suspicion of robbery and booked at the County Jail in Martinez.

Two other confrontational incidents were reported Sunday at businesses on San Pablo Avenue. At Denny's at 7 p.m., a man in his 30s who was drunk allegedly pushed over a table and tried to punch an employee because he had not been served, police said.

At 7:30 p.m., the manager at Walgreen's at 11565 San Pablo Ave. confronted a 24-year-old Richmond woman who was not allowed in the store and reportedly stole merchandise. The woman tried to punch the manager but missed, according to police. In both cases, the suspects were gone by the time officers arrived.

David DeBolt covers breaking news. Contact him in Richmond at 510-262-2728. Follow him at Twitter.com/daviddebolt.



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