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State Police release composite of liquor store assailant

November 30, 2000

State Police release composite of liquor store assailant



CLEAR SPRING - Maryland State Police released a composite Wednesday of the man whom they believe assaulted a man with a wine bottle and then stole cash from his register Saturday night.

Police said George Robinson, 67, was stocking a cooler in his business, Joy's Packaged Liquors, at 16509 National Pike, when a robber came up behind him, grabbed a wine bottle from a display and struck Robinson in the head, knocking him to the floor.

Robinson's finger was broken when he used his hands to ward off a second blow.

The assailant forced Robinson to get up and open the cash register.

After the robber cleaned out the register, he demanded more, making Robinson empty out his pockets, police said.

The robber fled the store on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Police described the hold-up man as a white male in his mid-30s, about 5 feet, 9 inches tall with a medium build. He had short, light-brown hair and was clean-shaven.

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He wore a blue shirt, jeans and blue jean jacket.

Robinson was treated at Washington County Hospital and released, police said.

A search of the area was made by state troopers and Washington County Sheriff's deputies but the robber wasn't found.

Maryland State Police Trooper Mike Potter said the liquor store was likely targeted because it was a small store located in a rural area.

He said the owner of the business for the past 13 years said he had never been robbed before.

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