Man turns in himself in Safeway robbery case |

Man turns in himself in Safeway robbery case

Christina Proctor

A 23-year-old South Lake Tahoe man wanted in connection with a December strong-armed robbery at Safeway that resulted in the injury of a security guard has surrendered to authorities.

Aldwin L. Filoteo, 23, turned himself Tuesday. Joseph Arellano, 24, and Apolinario Sumampong, 24, both of South Lake Tahoe, were taken into custody by the security guards on Dec. 3. Both Arellano and Sumampong also are facing one count of robbery. Both plead not guilty to the charge at their Feb. 2 arraignment in El Dorado County Superior Court. Their trial is set May 12.

According to South Lake Tahoe police, the men entered Safeway and one allegedly took a bottle of Cognac from the liquor aisle and stuck it in his pants. Police said store security guards saw the suspects leave without paying.

When security guards followed them out of the store and tried to stop them a struggle ensued. Arellano and Sumampong were subdued and taken into custody. Filoteo allegedly ran away with one of the security guards handcuffs attached to his wrist.

Police said after getting a lead on the third suspect one of the security guards identified Filoteo from a photo line up.

One of the security guards underwent reconstructive surgery on his knee after the incident, investigators said.

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