Man Uses Hatchet in Robbery Attempt at Mission Valley Store

The attempted robbery happened September 30 at the Container Store located in the Fashion Valley Mall

Investigators have released video showing a man using a hatchet in an attempted robbery of a Mission Valley-area store in the hopes it will lead to an arrest.

The man, described between 6-foot and 6-feet, 2-inches tall, with reddish-brown hair and a goatee, entered the Container Store on Friars road just before 8 p.m. on Friday, September 30.

He wore black gloves and slammed a hatchet down on the counter while demanding money from the clerk, San Diego Police said.

Video shows the man then use the hatchet to strike at the register keyboard in an attempt to get it to open, officials said.

Police said the clerk backed away from the suspect and didn’t give him any cash.

Frustrated, the would-be robber walked out of the front door and used the hatchet to shatter the glass on the door as he left.

Investigators say the man got into the front passenger’s seat of an older model teal, 4-door Honda Accord or Civic according to police. The vehicle’s exterior was faded and heavily oxidized.

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