Armed suspect wanted for 10 East Bay robberies

February 14, 2011 11:32:53 AM PST
Police in several East Bay cities are warning businesses about a serial armed robber who has hit at least ten stores over the last couple of months.

He pistol-whipped one clerk during one robbery and has hit stores in five different cities. Five of the robberies happened in Hayward. The most violent one happened at a Walgreens store on Mission Boulevard, where the robber pistol-whipped a clerk with his gun. Police are concerned he might use his gun in a different manner and take his crime spree to the next level.

The most recent armed robbery happened last Wednesday at a Subway restaurant in Fremont. To this point, the robber has only targeted sandwich shops and drug stores. He has struck in Oakland, Berkeley, San Leandro, Fremont and Hayward.

Police say the robber takes his time, going into each store, walking around, buying some items, then later pulling a gun from his waistband and demanding cash. In Fremont, he told the clerk he would shoot her if she did not comply.

In addition to a similar M.O., police have a description of the suspect that they hope will lead to help from the public. He is described as a skinny black man in his 20s, about 5'10" tall. He has been seen wearing a black baseball cap with a red "C" on it and has an oval-shaped birthmark on his cheek.

Anyone who has seen this suspect or recognizes this description is asked to contact the Fremont or Hayward police.

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