Police searching for violent robbery suspect

June 23, 2009 5:42:36 PM PDT
They say he walks into a store in a friendly manner, waving and then holds up the place. It's happened in several stores in the area. Investigators say the man even held a knife to a 62-year-old woman's neck. Two other clerks have been stabbed. Investigators are not sure if the suspect is working alone. They say more than likely, he has an accomplice. While they have no idea who the guy is, based on the quality of the surveillance video, police believe it's only a matter of time before he gets caught.

At first glance, the suspect comes across as just your average customer

"I saw the guy standing there and said, 'Oh I'm sorry. I'll be right there,' and he turned around and waved at me," said Darlene, the clerk inside the Fresno Food Mart.

Soon after they exchanged hellos, surveillance cameras from inside the store capture the suspect attacking that 62-year-old store clerk.

"He grabbed me, put the knife to my throat, pushed me up here and said, 'Open the register or I'll cut your throat',"

The suspect quickly cleans out the cash register while holding a knife to Darlene's throat. He then takes her from behind the counter at knifepoint, throws her to the floor and runs out of the store. A customer was inside the store and had no idea had happened.

"I was thinking was he going to take me outside and kill me or kill me when he gets to the door," said Darlene. "It was very scary."

Before hitting the food mart, surveillance cameras from inside the Fresno grocery store just up the street captured the same suspect doing the same thing to a store clerk there hours earlier.

Authorities believe the same man went on to commit three more robberies, including one at a Shell Station in Missouri City where the store clerk was stabbed.

"It's just a matter of time," said Ft. Bend County Chief Deputy Craig Brady. "If he's not apprehended, he could hurt someone more seriously, even kill them."

Darlene, who is still shaken from the attack, says he must be stopped.

"I want to see him punished for it," she said. "He stabbed one guy twice. What's he gonna do next?"

The most recent robbery happened Monday night at a store in Brazoria County. The clerk there was also stabbed. If you have any information about these crimes, call Ft. Bend County Crime Stoppers at 281-342-TIPS.

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