Silent Witness: Man sought in armed robbery of Shell gas station in Tempe

TEMPE, AZ - Authorities are looking for a man who allegedly robbed a Tempe gas station on Christmas Eve after hitting an employee in the head with a gun.

According to police, a man walked into the Shell gas station located near University and Priest drives in Tempe at 11:37 p.m. on Christmas Eve and demanded money from the cash register.

The suspect pointed a gun at the employee and then hit the employee in the head with the gun knocking him to the ground, said Sgt. Darren Burch of Silent Witness.

The suspect then grabbed the employee's hair to lift him back to his feet, said police. The employee opened the cash register and the suspect ran off with an unknown amount of money and a pack of cigarettes, Burch said.

The suspect fled in a white 2000 Ford F-150 pickup truck, according to the press release. The truck is missing its tailgate.

The suspect is described as a white or Hispanic male, 30-40 years old, 6 feet tall and weighs about 210-230 pounds, according to Silent Witness. The suspect was also wearing a blue bandana to cover his face.

Silent Witness is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspect in this case. Anyone with information is asked to call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

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