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Suspect arrested for robbery attempt at Reno post office day after prison release

Anthony Craig (Photo: Washoe County Jail)

Police say a 44-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted armed robbery at the downtown Reno post office Monday, just one day after he was released from a California prison for a robbery conviction.

Officers arrested Anthony Craig after receiving a report just before 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 4, of an armed robbery at the post office at 135 N. Sierra St.

Reno Police Sgt. Ron Chalmers said in a statement the suspect jumped the service counter, walked to the back and approached an employee while holding a knife. He took the knife to the employee's throat and threatened to cut it if he did not get money.

A second employee was able to tell customers about the robbery attempt, having them leave and call 911, according to police.

Officers in the area responded and found Craig as he was leaving the building, armed with a large knife. He followed the officers' commands and was taken into custody without incident, Chalmers said.

During the investigation, police learned Craig was released from a prison near Stockton, California, on Sunday. Craig told officers he was serving a sentence for robbery and bought a bus ticket to Reno after being released.

Chalmers said Craig confessed to planning a robbery while on the bus and even went to several businesses before deciding to target the post office.

Craig faces charges of attempted robbery with the use of a deadly weapon and burglary while possessing a deadly weapon.

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