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Police investigating armed robbery, aggravated assault

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Police investigating armed robbery, aggravated assault

CREATED Jan 10, 2013 - UPDATED: Jan 11, 2013

Reporter: Liz Kotalik
Web Producer: Ina Ronquillo

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Tucson Police are asking the public for help finding a man who robbed a convenience store and then came back for a second assault.

Sgt. Chris Widmer with Tucson Police tells KGUN9 that on January 6, officers responded to reports of an armed robbery at the Quickmart located at 5860 E. 22nd Street.

When officers arrived on scene, they found a man who had been struck with a baseball bat. He sustained minor injuries as a result of the attack.

The robber fled the area prior to police arriving.

The investigation showed a man entered the store and displayed a gun to the clerk.  He threatened the clerk, demanded money and left the store.

A customer followed the suspect out and confronted him in the parking lot. The suspect pulled out a baseball bat, which was hidden under his jacket and struck the customer once in the arm.  The suspect left on foot in an unknown direction.

The store re-opened after the investigation.

At 2:01 a.m., officers went back to the Quickmart after the clerk reported the suspect returned and assaulted him.

Officers learned that the clerk was taking out the trash when he was approached by the earlier suspect and struck in the shoulder with a baseball bat.  The suspect made it clear to the clerk that the assault was in retaliation for the police being contacted earlier in the night.
The clerk suffered minor injuries as a result of the incident.
 
An extensive search was made for the suspect but he was not found.

The man is described as a Caucasian male, 30-35 years old, 5’9” tall, 160-180 pounds, with red facial hair.  He was wearing a light blue cap, black leather jacket and blue jeans. 

Anyone with information is urged to call 911 or 88-CRIME.