Search on for gunman in Subway robbery

Police say robber hit 2 other eateries

EL CAJON, Calif. - Authorities asked the public for help in identifying a gun-toting young man who robbed an El Cajon restaurant and made a failed attempt to repeat the crime at a nearby eatery two days later.

The thief, who appeared to be in his early 20s, pulled a pistol on an employee at a Subway sandwich shop in the 200 block of West Main Street and stole cash late Monday evening, according to police.

The Subway shop is just a few blocks away from the El Cajon Courthouse.

About 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, the same man tried to rob a Rally's restaurant in the 1200 block of East Main Street but wound up fleeing empty-handed, Lt. Frank La Haye said. It was unclear why the bandit gave up on the holdup attempt.

The robber was described as a roughly 5-foot-8-inch, 150-pound Asian or black man, wearing dark-colored pants and a gray-and-black hooded sweatshirt.

El Cajon police Lt. Mike Moulton said all the descriptions have been similar, as well as his handling of the gun.

"He's had a black semi-automatic handgun, put in the front of his waistband. He's either displayed it to the victims or in one instance he pulled it out and pointed it at the victim."

On Thursday night, the Little Caesar's Pizza take-out on West Washington Avenue was hit, police said. Two more surveillance pictures were taken from that incident, though they're not as clear. In it, he's wearing different clothes -- all dark -- and a black baseball cap. With cash in hand, he took off down the street, according to police.

"In all the instances, in both robberies and the attempted robbery, he's fled on foot from the area. We don't know if he has a getaway vehicle close by or if he's working with an accomplice," said Moulton.

Moulton told 10News, "We're asking the community to look at this picture. Somebody out there knows this person; he's somebody's friend, somebody's family member. We really need to catch this guy before he ends up hurting somebody."

Anyone with information about the case may was asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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