A Dunsmuir man suspected of armed robbery was arrested Wednesday night, Nov. 16 after a short investigation by Siskiyou County Sheriff’s deputies.

Michael Wilson, 40, was arrested at his residence a few hours after he allegedly walked up to a man on Castle Avenue, said he had a gun and demanded money, according to Jamie Lynch, spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Department.

According to the victim, who contacted deputies at the Dunsmuir Sheriff’s substation, the suspect took a large amount of cash from him after a brief struggle, Lynch said. The suspect then fled the scene, accidentally dropping his ballcap.

 The suspect was described as an African American male between the ages of 25 and 30 with black hair, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt.  

Deputies searched the area and contacted multiple witnesses to identify Wilson as a suspect, Lynch said.

Wilson was contacted at his residence on Cedar Street, and further investigation led to the recovery of stolen items believed to be connected to the armed robbery, said Lynch.

Wilson was arrested and booked for armed robbery and related felony charges.  Wilson is being held at the Siskiyou County Jail and bail has been set at $125,000, Lynch said.

“This is a good opportunity to remind citizens to be observant, especially when walking or traveling at night,” Sheriff Jon Lopey said of the incident. “Always report suspicious persons and activities to local law enforcement authorities. Citizens should also avoid carrying large amounts of cash or other valuables on their person if it can be avoided.”    

Investigation into this crime is ongoing and citizens with information about the incident should contact the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department at (530) 841-2900.