Detectives were investigating two armed robberies Tuesday morning, one at a Bay Park gas station and another at a Mission Valley hotel, police said.
The first robbery was reported around 2:40 a.m. at the Shell gas station on the corner of Clairemont Drive and Denver Street, San Diego police Officer John Buttle said. An employee had just come back from taking out the trash and was about to lock the front doors when two men walked up and pulled open the doors before they could be locked, Buttle said.
Both men had handguns and demanded money from the employee, the officer said. When the employee told them he didn't have any, one of the men pistol-whipped him in the head.
The pair then fled the store heading north on Denver Street.
Both suspects were described as men in their 40s. They were both wearing dark clothing, masks and baseball hats.
Shortly before 3:05 a.m., a robbery was reported at a hotel on Hotel Circle Place, off Hotel Circle northwest of Fashion Valley Road, Buttle said.
Two armed men entered a hotel lobby, then left with a cash register, he said.
The suspects from that robbery were described as two men wearing
masks and dark hoodies.