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E.C. police searching for Roberto's suspect who may be linked to another holdup

June 18, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

El Centro police are searching for a man authorities think may be linked to two robberies in the city, the most recent occurring Saturday night.

Police Sgt. Mike Crankshaw said a male suspect, thought to be in his early to mid-20s, entered Roberto's Taco Shop at 880 W. Adams Ave. about 10:30 p.m. Saturday brandishing a handgun.

The man, wearing a mask, demanded money from those working in the restaurant and fired one shot before fleeing with an undisclosed amount of money.

No one was injured and the shot fired was not aimed at anyone, Crankshaw said.

He described the assailant as Hispanic, wearing a blue shirt, blue pants and a baseball cap, 5 feet 7 to 5 feet 10 inches tall. Crankshaw said the man was described as having a medium to heavy build.


Crankshaw added the type of mask the man was wearing only covered a portion of his face. He was described as Hispanic based on his hair, complexion and that he either spoke Spanish or with a Spanish accent.

Sunday's robbery came less than a week after a man entered the Texaco station at 1865 Adams Ave. at 10 p.m. Wednesday brandishing a handgun and wearing a similar-type mask.

The handgun in that case was described as being either a 9 mm pistol or 45-caliber revolver.

In the Wednesday case the suspect fired one shot in the station and fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

There was one clerk in the station at the time and the clerk was not injured. The suspect did not appear to fire at the clerk.

Crankshaw said there is a possibility the two robberies are related.

"We are actively investigating this and looking into the possibility the two are connected," he said.

Crankshaw asked anyone with information about either robbery to contact police at 337-4525.

Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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