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Calexico police release composite sketch of suspect in botched Vaquero robbery attempt

October 06, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — Police here Friday released more information on the suspect involved in the attempted robbery of a market here Thursday.

According to police, a Hispanic man thought to be age 25 to 28 entered the Vaquero market in the 2300 block of Rockwood Avenue at noon, brandished a handgun and demanded money from the clerk.

The clerk grabbed a baseball bat and struck the suspect, who fled the market in a vehicle described as a 1980s model Buick or Chevrolet Monte Carlo with a blue-colored California license plate.

The car was a gold color, said Calexico police Sgt. Jim Neujahr.

The suspect was described as being 5 feet 10 inches tall, 220 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He was wearing a green Polo-style shirt with black stripes and blue jeans.

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The bandit was thought to be involved in a theft of the Payless Shoesource in the same shopping center shortly before or after the attempted robbery.

Neujahr said the suspect did not use a gun in the shoe store heist.

Police are asking anyone with information about the case to contact Sgt. Armando Marquez at 768-2140.

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

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