Arroyo Grande clerk beaten but staves off robbery, video
August 12, 2016
A robber punched a clerk at an Arroyo Grande AM/PM store, but neither he nor his accomplice managed to steal any cash.
After the botched robbery, the suspects escaped and they remain on the loose. The clerk escaped the attack without suffering any serious injuries.
Early Wednesday morning, two males wearing baggy clothing and coverings over their faces entered the AM/PM store located at the corner of East Grande Avenue and El Camino Real. One of the robbers attacked the clerk and demanded cash from the AM/PM safe, according to the Arroyo Grande Police Department.
Surveillance footage shows one of the suspects walk behind the counter, punch the clerk in the face and order him to put money in a bag. The clerk did not comply, and the robber kept throwing punches at him.
After taking a sideswipe to the face and then ducking under another punch, the clerk spun away from the attacker and tried to flee. The suspect who had been throwing punches chased the clerk while his accomplice went behind the counter. The accomplice did not manage to open the cash register or the safe.
The suspects then ran away. Officers responded to the scene and searched the surrounding neighborhood but did not locate the suspects. Witnesses last saw the robbers running toward Cornwall Avenue.
Investigators request that anyone with information about the robbery contact the police department.