Video released of North Park gas station robbery on Christmas Eve; Police still seek culprit

Police say thief struck clerk with weapon

SAN DIEGO - A gun-wielding man robbed a North Park gas station and struck an employee with the weapon on Christmas Eve and police on Friday released surveillance video in an effort to find him.

In the video, the man selected a candy bar from a counter display inside USA Gas station at 3255 University Ave. shortly before 3:30 a.m. Monday, and as the clerk rang up the item, the suspect allegedly pointed a short-barreled silver revolver at him, San Diego police Lt. Andra Brown said.

The man then demanded money from the register, but the clerk refused, and a struggle over the gun ensued, Brown said.

According to investigators, the man struck the clerk in the face with the weapon, which caused a small cut to his upper lip, and he backed away from the register.

The man then reached over the counter and took the entire register drawer.

Brown said the man walked out the front door and was last seen running toward the back of the business.

Police described the robber as a Hispanic man in his 20s, between 5 feet 5 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall with a medium build and sparse hair on his chin.

He was last seen wearing a dark blue hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled up, a white bandana on his head and blue sweat pants.

Police asked anyone with information on the robbery to call the San Diego Police Department at 619-531-2299, or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

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