On 09-18-2013, approximately 4:30 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a silent panic alarm from the McKinleyville 76 Gas Station and Mini Mart located at 2698 Central Avenue, McKinleyville. Deputies responded to the scene and met with the store clerk. The clerk told the investigating deputy he was alone in the back of the store stocking the cooler when a man walked into the store. When he exited the cooler to greet the man the man pointed a black semi-auto handgun at him. The man told him to put all the money in the bag and do not touch the button, referring to the alarm. The man told him if he touched the button he would shoot him. The man then put a green duffle bag on top of the counter and demanded the cash register drawers. After the clerk put the drawers in the duffle bag the man ran out the front door.
Deputies checked the surrounding area for the suspect but did not find him.
The suspect is described as follows: White male adult, approximately 5’8” tall, 140 lbs, wearing a red bandana over his face, black sweatshirt, blue jeans last seen carrying a green duffle bag on foot towards the back of the station armed with a black semi- auto handgun
Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.