Crime

PD: Hamden gas station clerk robbed, assaulted, then forced to reopen store at gunpoint

HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) - A 19-year-old Hamden gas station clerk was allegedly assaulted and robbed while walking home from work, before being forced at gunpoint to return to the store to open the register on Saturday night.

Police say at around 7:45 p.m., officers responded to the Citgo Gas Station, at 1978 State Street, on the report of an armed robbery.

An investigation revealed that a store employee was walking home after closing the gas station when he was approached by a suspect who was brandishing a firearm. 

The suspect then allegedly struck the gun against the victim's stomach while demanding money. He also pistol-whipped the victim, striking him on the top of the head. 

According to police, the victim was then allegedly ordered to walk back to the gas station where he was forced to open the cash register and remove the contents. 

The suspect then fled on foot towards Franklin Road. While an officer and his K-9 partner searched the area, the suspect was not found.

Police describe the suspect as a black male, who is about 40-years-old and is about 5'9" to 6' tall. He was also wearing dark clothing. 

Anyone with information on the robbery is urged to contact detectives at (203) 230-4000.


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