Attempted Robbery

Citrus Heights Police Department

6315 Fountain Square Drive
Citrus Heights, CA 95621

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Press Release
Case# :CH17-05094
Press Release Date :
06/23/2017 4:00 PM
Location :
7000 block of Auburn Blvd., Citrus Heights, CA
Crime/Offense :
Attempted Robbery - PC 664/211, Resisting Public Officer - PC 148, Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance - HS 11550, and Parole Violation - PC 3056
Suspect(s) :
James Bradford Nelson III
Summary :
On June 23, 2017 at approximately 4:00 PM, Citrus Heights Police Officers responded to the 7000 block of Auburn Boulevard regarding a subject who jumped the counter of a fast food restaurant and went after employees. The caller also reported the same male was in the parking lot attempting to open vehicle doors and was seen lying on the sidewalk, talking to himself. While responding to the scene, officers learned the male was the same male they made contact with earlier in the day on two separate occasions. The first prior contact was the male being involved a motor vehicle collision as the at-fault party, and the second prior contact was related to the male walking in front of moving vehicles in the roadway. Upon officers’ arrival, they made contact with the male who was not wearing a shirt. The male was later identified as James Bradford Nelson III.

Based on Mr. Nelson’s erratic and irrational behavior, officers attempted to detain him in handcuffs. Mr. Nelson resisted officers’ efforts and became combative. Mr. Nelson was taken to the ground in the parking lot where he continued to resist. Officers’ were eventually able to gain control of Mr. Nelson by placing him in a soft restraint device. Mr. Nelson sustained injuries to his chest due to the prolonged struggle on the hot asphalt. Mr. Nelson was transported to the hospital for medical treatment. Due to being admitted to the hospital, Mr. Nelson was released from custody. Officers later learned Mr. Nelson had assaulted the manager of the fast food restaurant and attempted to steal his wallet by force. Criminal charges including attempted robbery, being under the influence of a controlled substance, parole violation, and resisting arrest are currently pending.

The attached videos show Mr. Nelson inside of the fast food restaurant and him being in the roadway.
Press Release Prepared by :
Sgt. Jason Baldwin