Santa Cruz police search for armed robbery suspect

November 14, 2012 2:18:40 PM PST
Santa Cruz police are looking for an armed robbery suspect. They released surveillance photos of the man on Wednesday.

Police say he entered a business on California Avenue Saturday at about 8:20 p.m. with full-size black pump shotgun and demanded money from an employee.

The employee grabbed the shotgun, and after a brief struggle, the suspect fled the scene on foot with no money or merchandise. The employee suffered minor injuries.

Police say the man is in his 20's, between 5 feet 2 and 5 feet 4 inches tall. He was wearing a blue beanie, a black patterned bandana, a gray hoodie, black gloves, black pants, and black slip-on shoes.

Anyone with information on the suspect is urged to call Santa Cruz police at (831) 420-5995, or leave an anonymous tip online at

(Bay City News contributed to this report)