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TPD seeking robbery suspect armed with gun, baseball bat

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The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, 30-35 years old, 5'9" tall, 160-180 pounds, with red facial hair. (Source: Tucson Police Department) The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, 30-35 years old, 5'9" tall, 160-180 pounds, with red facial hair. (Source: Tucson Police Department)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Tucson Police are asking for the public's help in a violent armed robbery case.

It happened January 6th this year at a Quikmart at 5860 East 22nd Street.

Not only did he knock off the store and assault a customer with a baseball bat, police say he returned to the store a short time later and assaulted the clerk for calling the police.

Police say he's a white male, 30 to 35 years old, with red facial hair, a black leather jacket and baseball cap.

The night of January 6, around 11:20 PM, police say he walked into the convenience store with no intention of buying a thing.

That's because he was a carrying a handgun and had a baseball bat tucked inside his coat.

Within seconds robbed the store assaulted a customer with the bat, then fled on foot.

Less then three hours later that same suspect returned to the store with the same baseball bat in hand.

This time he took his aggression out on the clerk.

"The suspect made it clear to him it was in retaliation for him calling 911 for the earlier robbery...and then fled again on foot," says Tucson Police Sgt. Chris Widmer.

"This stuff really doesn't surprise me," says a Tucson man in his 20s who asked not to be identified.

Still, he says crimes like this are becoming all too common along East 22nd Street.

"I have witnessed people being mugged, recently personally, I was robbed at gunpoint," the young man said.

What many of these crimes have in common, police say, are methamphetamines and heroin.

We don't know for sure if that's what motivated our suspect in this case.

But the fact that he's willing to use violence without being provoked is certainly concerning.

"So he's a big threat to the community and that's why we're getting with you guys," Sgt. Widmer says.

If you have any information about this man or his whereabouts call 911 or 88-CRIME, the Pima County Attorney's anonymous tip line.

A reward up to $1,000 will go to the person whose tip leads to an arrest in this unsolved case.

"I don't think traveled from another state to come down and commit a Quikmart robbery," Sgt. Widmer says.  "So this person lives around here; somebody knows who he is and we need to get him off the street before he hurts somebody."

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