Sacto 9-1-1
June 23, 2011
Armed robbery leads to chase in golf carts at Haggin Oaks

By Hudson Sangree
hsangree@sacbee.com

An armed robber led sportsmen on a golf cart chase Thursday at Haggin Oaks golf course before he opened fire and escaped on foot, Sacramento police said.

Jim Aldridge.jpgOfficers later arrested a suspect, identified as Jim Aldridge (left), 45, of Sacramento, and reported that no one had been injured.

The incident began shortly after 5 p.m., when Aldridge allegedly held up a concession cart - a golf cart modified to sell snacks and drinks - near the 10th green at Haggin Oaks, said police spokesman Sgt. Norm Leong.

Four golfers saw the holdup and jumped into their cart to give chase, Leong said. Aldridge leaped into the concession cart to make his getaway, he said.

"A cart chase ensued," Leong said.

Eventually Aldridge stopped and fled on foot, Leong said. The golfers gave up when Aldridge fired at them, Leong said.

Police took up the pursuit near Roseville Road and arrested Aldridge, who fit the suspect description, Leong said. Later they found a gun discarded along his likely route, he said.

Aldridge was booked into the Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of robbery and assault with a deadly weapon, Leong said.

Photo courtesy of Sacramento Police Department

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