Corner Store robbed July 9

Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

The San Diego Police Department is asking for the public's help in solving a robbery that took place in the city July 9.

According to San Diego Police Department reports, sometime between 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on July 9, an unknown man entered the Corner Store at the intersection of Perez Street and Highway 44 in San Diego.

The man allegedly kept one hand hidden from the store clerk and told the clerk he had a weapon. He demanded money from the store's cash register, and was given an undetermined amount of cash.

The man allegedly demanded more cash from the clerk and from the elderly owner of the store, who entered the store during the robbery. When the clerk and the owner refused to give the man more cash, he allegedly pushed the owner down and fled the store.

He was last seen driving a four-door vehicle east on Highway 44. Witnesses were unable to provide authorities with a description of the vehicle, officials said.

The suspect in the case is described as an unshaved, white man with blonde hair and a thin build, between five feet five inches and five feet eight inches in height.

Sgt. Javier Gutierrez, the investigator for the San Diego Police Department, said the case may be related to two similar robberies that occurred recently in the Alice area. One of those robberies occurred in the Rancho Alegre area just a few hours after the suspect fled the San Diego store. A third robbery occurred in the City of Alice Saturday.

"This is something we are investigating in conjunction with the Jim Wells County Sheriff's Department and the Alice Police Department," Gutierrez said. "Any help from the public would be greatly appreciated."

No arrests have been made in those cases.

Anyone with information concerning the robberies is asked to contact the San Diego Police Department at 279-2924.