Craigslist Robber pleads guilty in Roseville

Conviction is second ‘strike’ for Holmes
By: Scott Thomas Anderson, Editor
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The man who used Craigslist as a means for armed robbery on Sunrise Avenue pleaded guilty yesterday, earning a trip to prison and his second strike under California law.  

Roseville police detectives say Dominique Albert Holmes, 23, was one of two men who arranged a meeting last summer with a Folsom resident to buy an iPhone, ultimately assaulting and robbing their target at gun-point.

The crime happened July 29. Holmes, a resident of Vacaville, contacted the victim through Craigslist and arranged to meet him in Roseville at the Safeway gas station on the corner of Sunrise Avenue and Cirby Way. According to Roseville police, Holmes showed up to the meeting with another man as back-up, took the iPhone and refused to pay. A struggle ensued between Holmes and the victim — which was ended when Holmes’ accomplice allegedly pulled out a gun.

After conducting an extensive investigation, Roseville police detectives zeroed in on Holmes as their prime suspect. The Solano County Probation Department also helped police establish evidence that directly connected Holmes to the robbery. A Roseville police detective working on the case said the details of the investigation are still sealed because investigators are actively pursuing Holmes’ accomplice.

On Wednesday, Placer County prosecutors wrapped up Holmes’ part of the case. Holmes pleaded no contest to a felony charge of robbery. He was sentenced to six years in state prison.