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Suspect in North Park robbery still at large

(This story originally appeared in SDGLN media parter San Diego Uptown News.)

SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Police Department (SDPD) wants the public’s help in identifying the suspect who robbed a North Park gas station in the early morning hours of Christmas Eve.

According to the press release, a clerk at the USA Gas Station located at 3255 University Ave., just west of the 805 freeway, said a Hispanic male in his mid 20's entered the store and brandished a short-barreled silver revolver at the clerk and demanded money. When the clerk refused, a struggle ensued during which the suspect hit the clerk in the face with the gun. He then reached over the counter and fled the store with the entire register drawer.

The struggle was caught on surveillance video, which is available at SDPD Downtown headquarters on Broadway at the customer service counter.

The suspect was between 5 foot 5 inches and 5 foot 8 inches tall, had a medium build, and a dark blue hooded sweatshirt pulled over a white bandana on his head.

Anyone with any information on this robbery is asked to contact the SDSU Robbery Unit at 619-531-2299 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.