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Police still searching for man suspected of robbing and punching two store clerks in Little Tokyo

By Andrew Lopez
Published: Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at 01:08PM

The suspected robber is described as a Hispanic, 40-year-old male, weighing about 200 pounds.

A man suspected of robbing a store punched two women in the face in Little Tokyo last Friday afternoon.

The suspect entered the store, reported by the The Rafu Shimpo as the S.K. Uyeda Department Store, in the 200 block of 1st Street at about 4:30 p.m.

He walked up to the clerk behind the counter and punched her in the face, then emptied the cash register. When another clerk attempted to stop the robber, she was also struck “several times resulting in major injuries,” according to an LAPD news release.

The police have not made an arrest.

The suspect, described as 40-year-old Hispanic male standing 5-feet 10-inches and weighing about 200 pounds, took both clerks’ purses and the money in the cash register.

“The suspect could have taken the money and fled, but he chose to brutally attack two innocent women who did not resist,” LAPD senior lead officer Jack Richter said in the statement. “Nothing but a bully.”

According to the The Rafu Shimpo, Richter was hoping to use his sources to find the suspect but was unsuccessful in his attempts.

“I’m not going to give up on finding this guy,” Richter told the Shimpo. “I’m gonna keep looking for this guy. If he comes back Downtown, and I’ve watched this video a hundred times, I’m pretty sure I’d recognize him.”

He can be seen wearing a black jacket with tan pants in the video below.


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