Suspect sought in South Richmond gas station robbery

Published: Aug. 19, 2016 at 3:43 AM EDT
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond Police are turning to the public for help in identifying the man they say held up a southside gas station last month.

According to authorities, just before 2:30 p.m. on Friday, July 9, officers were called to the FasMart store along the 5200 block of Hull Street Road for a report of a robbery. The suspect entered the store and asked to use the restroom but was told it was not available. He then walked outside, smoked a cigarette, and reentered the store under the guise he was shopping.

Shortly after the last customer left the store, the suspect approached the counter for a carton of cigarettes. As the clerk retrieved the carton, the suspect told the clerk he had a gun in his bag and demanded money.

The clerk gave him the money and the items the suspect brought to the counter. Prior to leaving the store, the suspect told the clerk to go in the back room and lock the door.

The clerk complied and the suspect fled northbound on foot on Warwick Road.

Police describe the suspect as a black male who is approximately 23-28 years old, standing 5'7"- 5'9" tall, and weighing 150- 160 pounds.

At the time of the robbery, he wore a white shirt, dark green or camouflage pants and black shoes.

When the suspect initially walked into the store, he is seen with a tan fishing hat.

Upon his second entry, he removes the hat but is seen again with the hat at the time of the incident.

Police ask those with information about this robbery to call Richmond Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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