KEIZER, OR (KPTV) – Police are searching for a man they say robbed a gas station in Keizer at gunpoint.
According to police, the man pointed a pistol at two clerks at the Astro gas station the 4400 block of River Road North before fleeing the store with an undisclosed amount of cash.
A police dog tried to track the suspect, but was unsuccessful, according to officers. The suspect is between 20 and 29 years old, stands approximately 5-feet-5-inches tall, and has a thin build and short black hair, police say.
FOX 12 spoke with one of the employees robbed at gun point. He had only been working at the gas station for four days.
He called the quick encounter nerve-racking and scary.
“But the first thing I thought about was my wife,” Gas Attendant, Patrick Barnes said. “I Just got married last month and I got four step daughters and my own daughter and I’m getting ready to start school for diesel mechanic and it’s like, I just don’t want things to end like this.”
Thankfully, no one was hurt.
“I just knew it was better to be calm and just do what they say and get it over with,” Barnes said.
Officers believe the suspect fled the area on foot and was headed north. Surveillance images shared by police show the suspect wearing a mask.
“I hope that he gets the help he needs and he doesn’t hurt anybody in this process, because I’m sure this isn’t going to be the first or last time he does this and I just hope he realized he doesn’t have to hurt anybody because we’re just trying to make it all, you know, in life,” Barnes said.
Investigators ask anyone with information that could be helpful to call Detective Tim Lathrop at 503-856-3481.
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