On February 27, 2019, at 10:40 A.M., Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a reported robbery at a restaurant in the 5100 block of Interstate Avenue in North Highlands.
While Deputies responded to the scene, they received additional information indicating the suspect had fired a handgun.
As deputies began arriving in the area they learned the suspect entered a crowded restaurant with approximately 40 patrons inside, pointed a handgun at the cashier and then demanded money. A citizen inside the restaurant saw an opportunity to take action and tackled the suspect. During a struggle over the firearm, a bullet was discharged from the gun and struck another citizen causing a non-life threatening injury to his leg.
The struggle over the gun continued before the suspect ran away from the restaurant on foot. The suspect then carjacked a person in a nearby parking lot then attempted to flee in the vehicle.
An alert deputy, who is assigned to our canine unit saw the suspect vehicle fleeing from the scene and took swift action to stop the suspect from causing harm to anyone else in our community. This action resulted in a collision between the suspect vehicle and the deputy’s vehicle.
The suspect was taken into custody without injury. Neither the deputy nor his canine partner were injured during the collision.
A search of the suspect vehicle yielded a handgun and property taken from one of the victims in the restaurant. The suspect has been identified as 57-year-old Jonathan Franklin of Roseville. It was discovered Franklin was recently released from California State Prison and was on parole for murder.
Detectives have connected Franklin to another armed robbery that occurred earlier this week in the north Sacramento area. He will be booked into custody at the Sacramento County Main Jail on multiple felony charges pertaining to these investigations.
Sergeant Shaun Hampton