IMPERIAL — Police are asking for the public's help identifying and capturing a man suspected of robbing the am/pm gas station/convenience store here recently.
Investigator Sean Acuña of the Imperial Police Department said around 1:30 a.m. Thursday, the store clerk went outside the store to lock his car and was approached by a Hispanic male with black paint on his face. The man pulled a semi-automatic gun from his waistband and told the clerk to go back inside, Acuña said.
Inside, the suspect demanded money. What's unique about this case, Acuña said, was that the suspect asked for the rolled coins kept in a container out of sight behind the counter. Because most people wouldn't know it was there, police think the suspect may have worked at a similar convenience store, Acuña said.
The clerk complied and gave the suspect the cash, although Acuña would not say how much.
Before leaving, the suspect told the clerk to unplug the phone and lay down on the floor behind the counter, Acuña said. From his position on the floor, the clerk was unable to see how the suspect fled, in which direction he headed or if anyone was with him, Acuña said.