Suspect accused of assaulting clerk in armed robbery

- Police are searching for a man accused of assaulting a clerk during an attempted armed robbery of a valley convenience store.  A reward is offered for information leading to his arrest.

A spokesperson for Silent Witness says the suspect entered the am/pm market at Bell Road and 16th Street on Thursday, February 11th at about 12:50 p.m.  Police say the man pretended he was there to buy cigarettes.  As the woman behind the counter rang up the total, the suspect pulled out a black semi-automatic pistol from his waistband and demanded money from the register. 

When the clerk did not immediately open the register, the suspect then struck the female clerk on the head with a pistol, knocking her to the ground.  The man began yelling at the clerk, but she got away from the suspect and ran out of the store.  The suspect took off on foot without the cash.

The suspect is described as a black man in his twenties, 5'10" to 6'0", wearing a dark blue hooded sweatshirt.  He was armed with a semi-automatic pistol, police say.  If you have information about the crime, you are urged to call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

There is a reward of up to $1000 involved and you can remain anonymous.



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