SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- San Diego law enforcement officials are asking for the public’s help in identifying two suspects wanted in an armed robbery spree spanning the City of San Diego and Spring Valley.
Investigators say the suspects are wanted in connection with three armed robberies but are looking at other cases across the county to see if they are related.
Authorities say the first incident occurred April 6 at 9:25 p.m., when an unknown adult male suspect walked into the Market at the Ranch gas station and liquor store located at 10299 Scripps Trail, in San Diego.
The armed suspect demanded the clerk open the cash register. The clerk attempted to open the register but was having difficulty.
"The suspect was upset over the delay in opening the register and fired a round into the cigarette display case along the wall," San Diego County Crime Stoppers said in a release. "The suspect then struck the clerk in the eye with the gun. The clerk was eventually able to open the register and placed an undisclosed amount of cash into a black plastic bag that the suspect brought with him."
Investigators said the suspect fired another round before striking the clerk in the eye with the gun. The suspect left the store and possibly got into a smaller silver colored SUV and fled the area.
The clerk sustained minor injuries to his face, according to investigators.
The suspect in that robbery was described as a black male, 5’7” to 6’0” tall, 165 lbs, with a mustache. He was wearing blue jeans, a black colored hooded sweatshirt and grey gloves, according to police.
On April 19, at 2:55 a.m., a man armed with a handgun entered the 7 Eleven store located at 9365 Jamacha Boulevard, in Spring Valley.
"The suspect chambered a round as he approached the clerk," according to police.
Police say the suspect struck the clerk with the handgun several times and fired a round into the ceiling during the robbery.
The suspect is described as a light skinned Black male, wearing a red and black hooded sweater with a white design on the upper back, and black pants.
The suspects struck again the following day.
At around 9 p.m., two men walked into the Apollo Market located at 2327 Reo Drive, in San Diego. One of the men pointed a handgun at both clerks while demanding they open the cash register.
One of the two clerks ran towards the back of the store in fear of his life, police said. The second suspect walked into the store.
The first suspect "walked behind the counter and attempted to open the cash register, but was unsuccessful," then pointed the gun at the clerk and demanded money.
Both suspects left the store without any money when the clerk refused to open the cash register.
The first suspect is described as a black male in his 20’s, medium to stalky build, wearing a dark blue hooded jacket with the hood drawn tight around his face, red rag or bandana on his face, black pants and black shoes.
The second suspect is described as Black male, unknown age, about 5’6” tall, thin build, wearing a black hooded jacket with the hood drawn tight around his face, blue jeans with rips in them, and black over white tennis shoes.
Anyone with information on the identity or location of the suspect is asked to call the SDPD’s Robbery Unit at (619) 531-2299 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.
Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case. Anonymous email and text messages can be sent via www.sdcrimestoppers.org.