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Liquor Store Clerk Violently Beaten During Armed Robbery

Police described the suspect as black, 30-35 years old and about 6'-2", with a heavy build and goatee. He was last seen wearing a curly blonde wig.

An investigation was under way Tuesday into a violent armed robbery in which a 68-year-old La Mesa liquor store clerk was pistol-whipped and struck on the top of the head with a glass bottle, police said.

Officers were called to Sierra Market at 3834 Massachusetts Ave. at 8:36 p.m. Monday, according to La Mesa police Sgt. Bret Richards. Once there, officers found the store clerk bleeding from his head, the sergeant said in a statement.

The clerk told investigators that a man armed with a handgun walked behind the sales counter where the store clerk was standing, and a struggle ensued during which the robber used his gun to hit the clerk on his head, Richards said.

The robber then demanded the clerk open the store's cash register, and the clerk complied. As the robber filled his pockets with an undisclosed amount of cash, the clerk grabbed a liquor bottle and struck the robber on the back of his head, Richards said, noting the blow sparked a second struggle between the two men.

The struggle moved from behind the counter to the store aisles. Richards said the robber ran out of the store after he grabbed a liquor bottle and struck the clerk in the head.

Paramedics took the clerk to an area hospital to treat his injuries, which included multiple contusions and lacerations, Richards said.

"The handgun turned out to be an Airsoft handgun and it was recovered at the scene," Richards said, adding that the robber fled in a light blue mini van.

Police described him as black, 30-35 years old and about 6'-2", with a heavy build and goatee. He was last seen wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt with white lettering on the front, and a curly blond wig, Richards said.

Anyone with information about the robbery was asked to call La Mesa police at (619) 667-1400 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers' anonymous tip line at (888) 580-TIPS.

–City News Service

Komfort January 29, 2013 at 07:16 PM
"Low capacity (Low-cap) Low capacity magazines are the type of magazine provided by Tokyo Marui and some other manufacturers with their guns. They are known as "Low capacity" or "low-cap" as they hold much less BBs than most medium capacity or high capacity magazines. Many contain around 68 BBs Medium capacity (Mid-cap) These kinds of magazines are either bought or modded to accommodate from 90–190 BB's High capacity (High-cap) High-cap mags hold more shots than a mid-cap (about 200–800)" http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airsoft_gun Feinstein declined to comment...
Things I Learned January 29, 2013 at 08:07 PM
They should make a law that Airsoft guns have to have some kind of way to identify them like maybe a bright orange tip because then you will know that it is a toy gun since the criminals wouldn't take a chance on painting over the bright orange tip because that's illegal.
Kevin George January 29, 2013 at 08:22 PM
The obvious answer is more stringent paint laws.
Monica Powers January 30, 2013 at 02:52 AM
Regardless its still considered armed robbery. Furthermore a 68 yr old man was robbed and attacked in his own business. I personally know him and he is extremely hard working. He and his wife work 12+ hours a day. To have some bastard come in and do this is disgusting. I hope they catch the person(s) responsible and that the punishment fits the crime. Toy gun or not!
Patti C Haynes January 31, 2013 at 06:40 AM
We live a few doors down. Had vandalism at our house the same day. Please , please please report anything you see unusal in the neighborhood!!!

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