Gunman robs Lake Murray gas station: 2 USA Gas Stations robbed

Suspect in 7-Eleven robbery brandished steak knife

SAN DIEGO - Two USA Gas Stations were each robbed at gunpoint within minutes of each other early Wednesday in Lake Murray and neighboring La Mesa, police said.

The first armed robbery at station at 8787 Lake Murray Blvd. was reported at 3:09 a.m., according to San Diego police Officer David Stafford.

The gunman ran away with an undisclosed amount of cash, Stafford said in a statement.

He was described as black, around 5-foot-7, with a medium build.

At 3:18 a.m., the second armed robbery was reported in La Mesa, at 7974 University Ave., according to La Mesa police.

In the second robbery, a black man who resembled the earlier suspect walked into the La Mesa gas station and pointed a handgun at a clerk's face while demanding cash. La Mesa police said that the crook from the latter robbery was in his 20s, and wore a long sleeve red shirt, black beanie, blue bandana with starts printed on it and black jeans.

A 7-Eleven was also robbed in La Mesa Wednesday, police said. The man robbed the convenience store at 8300 Parkway Drive around 2 a.m., according to La Mesa police.

He brandished an 8- to 10-inch steak knife, then passed a demand note to a clerk and ordered the clerk to hand over money, police said in a statement.

The clerk complied and no one was hurt, police said, noting the exact loss was undetermined.

The thief ran out the store and headed north on Buckland Street. Police described him as black and in his mid 30s, around 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with a white "P" on the front, black gloves, blue jean shorts and light blue shoes.

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