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A video still-frame from a 2017 robbery at Rite Aid shows three suspects running out of the store, knocking over an elderly woman on their way out. // Image courtesy, CHPD

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Suspect to stand trial for murder in Citrus Heights Rite Aid robbery
The suspect believed to have fatally knocked over an elderly woman in a robbery at a Rite Aid in Citrus Heights in 2017 is scheduled to stand trial Monday morning, according to court records available online. He is charged with murder, as well as two felony counts of robbery. The suspect, Kimani Eli Randolph, then 21, is accused of robbing the Rite Aid at the corner of Van Maren Lane and Auburn Boulevard on Nov. 27, 2017, along with two accomplices. While exiting the store, Randolph is believed to have knocked over an 87-year-old woman who was entering the store. She died several days later.

Drunk Uber passenger grabs wheel, almost causes crash
An Uber passenger who was picked up by a driver in Citrus Heights last weekend unexpectedly grabbed the wheel of the car, nearly causing the driver to crash. The driver, Dax Castro, later posted video of the incident on Facebook, which was then re-aired by local news media and then went viral, with news stories airing across the United States. The passenger was arrested and found to have a blood alcohol level of 0.19, according to CBS-Sacramento. (See CBS video)

Suspect leads cops on 30-mile chase after allegedly trying to run over officer
A 37-year-old driver was arrested Wednesday night after he allegedly tried to run over an officer in Citrus Heights and then led police on a 30-mile chase that ended in the Pocket neighborhood of Sacramento. Area news reports identified the man as Kenneth Michael Martinez, of Stockton.

He was reportedly driving a stolen vehicle when he was pulled over in Citrus Heights, according to a story in The Sacramento Bee on Thursday. After initially complying during the traffic stop, police said he then tried to hit the officer with his car. Online inmate records indicate he is charged with four felonies, including assault seeking to cause gross bodily injury on an officer, resisting officers, vehicle theft, and evading officers in a reckless manner. His bail has been set at $50,000.

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