Sacto 9-1-1
December 1, 2012
Suspect arrested in attempted Christmas tree theft

West Sacramento police have arrested Brian Brinsfield, 20, as a felony suspect in an early-morning robbery and shooting near the Russian Baptist Church.

The robbery took place early Saturday morning at a Christmas tree lot adjacent to the church property on 1000 Sacramento Ave., said Sgt. Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Department.

When police arrived at the church, a security guard said a man attempting to steal a Christmas tree from the lot had fired several shots at the guard and then fled on foot.

An extensive search of the area initially failed to turn up a suspect. Brinsfield was arrested Saturday afternoon.

- Edward Ortiz

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