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Citrus Heights police announce arrest of suspect in fatal Rite Aid robbery

Kimani Randolph, Rite Aid
Kimani Randolph, suspect. // Courtesy, CHPD

Sentinel staff report–
Police on Friday announced the arrest of a 21-year-old man who authorities believe knocked over an elderly woman while fleeing the scene of a Nov. 27 robbery at a Citrus Heights Rite Aid. The woman, 87-year-old Marilyn Stribley, was knocked unconscious and died several days after the incident.

In a news release, Citrus Heights police said tips from the community resulted in suspect Kimani Randolph being identified and subsequently arrested, without incident. Police said Randolph is a Sacramento resident, but was located and arrested on Dec. 7 in Las Vegas with the help of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and the U.S. Marshal’s Service.

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According to the news release, Randolph was on probation for being a felon in possession of a firearm. He is currently in custody for robbery and violation of parole, and police are working with the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office to include additional charges related to the elderly woman’s death.

Police said Randolph will be extradited back to Sacramento next week. Detectives are also working to identify two other robbery suspects shown in surveillance video from Rite Aid, but Randolph is believed to be the primary suspect who physically knocked over Stribley while fleeing the scene.

As previously reported, Citrus Heights police said a 911 call was received around 5:50 p.m. on Nov. 27 regarding the robbery, located at the Rite Aid store at the corner of Auburn Boulevard and Van Maren Lane. After arriving on scene, officers determined that three suspects had jumped the counter of the pharmacy and demanded prescription drugs. Police said employees feared for their safety and handed over “an undisclosed amount of prescription drugs.”

Anyone with information about the identity of the suspects involved is asked to contact the Citrus Heights Police Department at (916) 727-5500, or using the department’s anonymous tip line at (916) 727-5524. The Rite Aid Corporation has also offered a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the robbery suspects.

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