FBI, Local Law Enforcement Officials Search for Identifying 2 Suspects in Violent Armed Robberies

The robberies are three separate cases, San Diego police and San Diego County Sheriff's deputies, but investigators are looking at other countywide cases to see if others are related.

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FBI and local law enforcement officials are searching for two unknown suspects wanted for violently robbing three different gas stations in San Diego County. 

The robberies are three separate cases, San Diego police and San Diego County Sheriff's deputies, but investigators are looking at other countywide cases to see if others are related. 

The first robbery happened on April 6 at approximately 9:25 p.m. when an adult man walked into the Market at the Ranch gas station and liquor store at 10299 Scripps Trail. 

The suspect, armed with a black and silver colored handgun, walked into the gas station and demanded the clerk open the register. 

The clerk struggled, police said. When the suspect became impatient, he fired a shot into a cigarette display case on the wall. The suspect then struck the clerk in the eye with the gun as he struggled to open the register.

When the suspect asked the clerk to open the safe, and the clerk told him he did not have the key, the suspect fired another round off, then struck the clerk in the eye and kicked him.

He then walked out and possibly stepped into a smaller, silver-colored SUV and fled the area. The suspect is described as 5 feet 7 inches to 6 feet tall, 165 pounds, with a mustache. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a black-colored sweatshirt and gray gloves. 

The clerk suffered minor injuries. 

The second case happened two week later on April 19 at approximately 2:55 a.m. when an adult man entered a Spring Valley 7-Eleven located at 9365 Jamacha Boulevard. 

The man, armed with a handgun, chambered a round as he walked up to the clerk, police say. 

He demanded money from the clerk, then struck him in the face with his handgun. 

Authorities said the man kept demanding money and struck him a three more times with a handgun before he fired a round into the ceiling.

The suspect was last seen wearing a red and black hooded sweater with a white design on the upper back and black pants.

The third robbery happened just a few days later on Thursday at approximately 9 p.m. when two unknown men walked into Apollo Market at 2327 Reo Drive in San Diego. 

Suspect one, armed with a black and silver-colored handgun, chambered a round and threatened both clerks with the gun as he demanded they open the cash register. 

One of the clerks, fearing for his life, ran to the back of the store. 

The second suspect then walked into the store. 

The first suspect walked behind the counter to try and open the register, but could not get it open. Again, he pointed a gun at the clerk and both suspects demanded money. 

The clerk did not comply, and eventually, both suspects left the store without any money. 

The first suspect was described as a man in his 20s with a medium to stalky build. He was last seen wearing a dark blue hooded jacket with the hood drawn tight around his face. He was wearing a red rag or bandanna on his face with black pants and black shoes. 

The second suspect was described as about 5 feet 6 inches tall with a thin build, wearing a black hooded jacket with the hood drawn tight around his face. He was wearing 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 this site.

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