"Hoodie Bandit'' Sought For Compton Armed Robbery

COMPTON (CNS) - Authorities today circulated security images of the ``Hoodie Bandit,” who is being sought for the armed robbery of a Compton convenience store, during which he uncovered his face while demanding money from employees.

The crime occurred about 1:20 p.m. July 21 at an am/pm store at an Arco gas station in the 2800 block of Alondra Boulevard, the sheriff's department reported.

The suspect was described as black, in his late 20s, 6 feet tall and weighing 140 pounds. He had a beard, black hair, and black eyes. He was armed with a handgun.

"The suspect entered the store with customers inside brandished a weapon demanding money from the cash register,” a sheriff's statement said.

"The cashiers did not understand what was being said because the suspect's mouth was covered with his hoodie sweatshirt,” the statement said. ``The suspect removed the hoodie from his mouth exposing his face and again brandishing the handgun demanded money stating, `I'll put a bullet in your face.”'

The man obtained money from the register and drove off in a newer- model silver SUV, possibly an Infiniti or Audi with black rims.

Anyone with information on the case was urged to call (310) 605-6506, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

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