San Rafael Police Post Video of Armed Robbery at Shell Station

Clips from multiple cameras at Fourth Street gas station show partially masked suspect pointing a semi-automatic handgun at a clerk and demanding that he quickly hand over money.

Two weeks after a partially masked man walked into a downtown gas station, pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and demanded money from the clerk, San Rafael police have posted a video of the incident in the hopes that someone will recognize the armed robber.

The robbery occurred shortly after 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 28 at the Shell gas station at 1833 Fourth Street., according to police spokeswoman Margo Rohrbacher. The clerk handed over a wad of cash and the suspect was last seen heading east on Fourth Street.

Police said the suspect was described as a 5-feet, 7-inches tall black male with a slender or medium build. In the video, he is shown wearing black and white gloves, a red Echo hooded sweatshirt, dark jeans and a gray ski mask that covered most of his face. 

The video shows clips from cameras both inside and outside the store. The suspect is heard telling the clerk, "Give me the f***ing money ... all of it! Quick! Quick!"

"Investigators are hopeful that someone will be able to identify him by his voice or physical appearance," Rohrbacher said.

Anyone with information about the robber can call the San Rafael Police Department at 485-3000. Ask for Detective Corporal Todd Berringer. Tipsters can also call the multilingual Bay Area Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-222-TIPS (8477), where they can remain anonymous and be eligible for a possible cash reward, or do so through the department's tips website.


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