Restaurant robber gets surprise from Correctional Officer customer

Correctional Officer Rudolfo Ibarra

Correctional Officer Rudolfo Ibarra

By Lt. John Ojo, AA/Public Information Officer
California State Prison, Solano

Correctional Officer Rudolfo Ibarra played an instrumental part in assisting Vacaville Police Department with the identity and capture of suspects who robbed a local sandwich shop and were involved in two other restaurant-related crimes in the area.

Officer Ibarra entered the sandwich shop around 9:15 p.m. when he discovered no employees at the front counter. As he waited, he heard a loud noise coming from the back room and heard a booming voice shout, “Get down, don’t look at me. Count to 100 and don’t call the police.”

Looking around, he saw there were no other patrons in the restaurant. Not knowing how many suspects there were or if they were armed, Officer Ibarra rushed to his car to call 911.

The suspect then bolted out of the restaurant. Officer Ibarra was able to give dispatch a detailed description of the suspect and the direction he had fled. Without knowing what possible danger was inside, Officer Ibarra went back into the restaurant to assess and assist the victims. Although scared and shaken, two female employees were alive. Officer Ibarra comforted the victims, telling them they were OK, police had been contacted and it was safe to come out.

Using the description he provided, Vacaville Police captured the suspect two blocks from the crime scene. Officer Ibarra was able to give a positive identification of the suspect via a field-identification with Vacaville Police later that evening.

Officer Ibarra credited his quick thinking to his CDCR training.

“My training helped me make a quick and rational decision in the face of fear,” he said. “I didn’t have an off-duty weapon or a ballistics vest, so I knew the safest thing for all involved was to not go in blind not knowing what I was up against, but was to call 911.”

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22 Responses

  1. C. Vfillela Friday, December 9, 2016 / 11:56 pm

    Great Job off Duty Going Above and Beyond!

  2. BIG DAVIS Sunday, December 4, 2016 / 8:30 pm

    Good job, Rudi. Quick thinking! CDC taught you something.

  3. Mary Bowen, Retired C/O CSP Solano Sunday, December 4, 2016 / 12:51 pm

    Way to go Rudi! Great job. I’m glad you were able to help.

  4. Ronnie Sunday, December 4, 2016 / 10:09 am

    Great job!

  5. A. Guirnalda Friday, December 2, 2016 / 6:12 pm

    Good job brother! Always better to be safe when you’er not carrying a off duty weapon.

  6. R. Lozano Friday, December 2, 2016 / 5:32 pm

    Awesome… I’m very proud of your quick action, observation and response.
    Thanks for checking on the employees and their safety…
    So many of our kids work in places like that, so I’m sure their families appreciate you very much.

    Thank you….

  7. Deborah Bobango Friday, December 2, 2016 / 4:14 pm

    Way to go Ibarra. You’re a hero!

  8. Sonia Silveyra-Ibarra Friday, December 2, 2016 / 2:40 pm

    Well done Rudy! Great way to protect and serve. So proud to call you my brother-in-law. You are a kind-hearted person and your above and beyond actions is no surprise.

  9. Vang, T Friday, December 2, 2016 / 12:07 pm

    Great job.

  10. Mark Crummey Friday, December 2, 2016 / 10:54 am

    It is nice to hear a positive story like this. Thank you, Officer Ibarra, for stepping up and doing the right thing. I was happy to hear no one was physically hurt. Good work.

  11. Brian L Paul Friday, December 2, 2016 / 10:52 am

    Excellent job Officer Ibarra! You are a credit to your institution, community, and CDCR. Thank you.

  12. Jasvir.delluna@cdcr.ca.gov Friday, December 2, 2016 / 10:38 am

    Thank you for being there to assist the victims. Not enough people go above a beyond the call of duty. I am glad that you were able to be there and comfort the victims. Pat on the back to you!

  13. Jane Rogan CDCR - C.I.W. Friday, December 2, 2016 / 10:00 am

    Kudos to Officer Ibarra. May God bless you for your good deeds.

  14. PoppaRod Friday, December 2, 2016 / 9:57 am

    Cool and wise decision! Stayed safe, helped the victims without becoming one, AND, got the bad guy.

  15. Valerie Estrella Friday, December 2, 2016 / 9:51 am

    Thank you Officer Ibarra for your bravery in the face of danger. I am sure the employees are thankful for you and your actions. Good job!!

  16. C.Lim Friday, December 2, 2016 / 9:47 am

    I’m so proud of CDCR officers! They go and beyond saving lives.

  17. Kim Friday, December 2, 2016 / 9:43 am

    Nice job, Rudy! I work with your brother Jose. We are all proud of you.

  18. Barbara Friday, December 2, 2016 / 9:42 am

    I am sure the young women and their families are grateful for your being there at the right time.

    Thank you for your service.

  19. S Lupinetti Friday, December 2, 2016 / 9:41 am

    A great story! Thank you Officer Ibarra.

  20. R.Deo, CCI, M.C.S.P Friday, December 2, 2016 / 9:33 am

    Good job brother Ibarra! Proud of you

  21. cheryle Friday, December 2, 2016 / 9:33 am

    Wow, great job. Im glad to know there are folks out there like Officer Ibarra

  22. Sergeant L. Abella Friday, December 2, 2016 / 9:13 am

    Great job and well done Officer Ibarra.

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