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Man who shot at clerks during Highland attempted robbery is sought

By in Press Enterprise on January 9, 2018

By Beatriz E. Valenzuela

Investigators are searching for a man they say shot at two convenience store clerks during an attempted robbery Monday evening in Highland, and they suspect he may have carried out two similar crimes that night in Highland and San Bernardino.

About 7:30 p.m., deputies were called to the Valero Gas Station at the corner of Pacific Street and Victoria Avenue. A man who was carrying a shoebox demanded money, then fired several times at two clerks as they tried to retreat to safety in a back room, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release. Neither employee was hurt.

The man in that attempted robbery fit the description of someone who had robbed the am/pm on Third Street and Del Rosa Drive less than a half-hour earlier. A man carrying a shoebox and a pistol had demanded money, and after the clerk handed it over, the robber ran off, sheriff’s officials said.

Additionally, sheriff’s investigators discovered that the San Bernardino Police Department was investigating a similar robbery that had occurred at 6:17 p.m. in that city.

Sheriff’s officials said the Highland robber appeared to be Latino, and was 5-foot-2 to 5-foot-4 with a thin or medium build. He was wearing all black clothing, including a hooded sweatshirt, and white sunglasses.

Investigators ask anyone with information to call the Highland sheriff’s station at 909-425-9793. Anonymous tips can be left with the We-Tip Hotline at 800-78CRIME (27436) or www.wetip.com.

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