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Police seek robbery suspect

March 03, 2003|by ANDREA ROWLAND

NEW MARKET, Md. - A man pointed a gun at a store clerk and a customer before fleeing the Mobil Station in New Market late Thursday with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.

A video surveillance camera captured the image of a man, who entered the gas station and convenience store at 11719 Old National Pike at about 9 p.m., police said.

The suspect - who was described as a white male about 6 feet tall, 220 pounds, wearing a black leather jacket and black knit cap - first approached the checkout counter and asked the clerk for hot food, police said.

After the clerk directed the suspect to the store's sandwiches and microwave, the suspect stepped behind the counter, pointed a black, semi-automatic handgun at the clerk and demanded money from the cash register, police said.

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The suspect struck the clerk's head with the gun when the clerk did not immediately respond to the demand for money, police said. The clerk then opened the register drawer, from which the suspect took an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect then moved to exit the store, pointing the gun at an entering patron and demanding that the customer move away from the door, police said.

The suspect then fled the store and headed towards Md. 144. No one was seriously injured during the robbery, police said.

Anyone with information can call 301-228-2826.

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