Seen him? Man with knife robs 7 PHX stores

Posted at 10:10 AM, May 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-02 21:38:25-04

Officials are asking for the public’s help to identify a man who is believed to be responsible for several Valley robberies.

According to Phoenix police, the suspect is believed to be responsible for seven robberies between March 9 and April 20.

The suspect enters businesses and appears to be a customer. He will then threaten the employee with a knife and takes money from the business.

"He comes close me and he tells me, 'This is a robbery. Can you just take the money out and just be quiet, don't make any noise,'" one of the victims said.  "I was scared, I was - I didn't know what to do, honestly, I was just panicking, afraid." 

Fearing that she might be left for dead, the victim said she screamed out and that's when the neighboring store owner came running, and the robber ran away.

Now, the victim says she is afraid it will happen again.

"Every person that you see, you think what if they try to do something with me like last time," she said.    

The robberies are happening in the west Phoenix area, near 27th Avenue and Bethany Home Road.

Police said the suspect leaves in a 2007 white Chevy single cab, short bed pickup with large chrome custom rims and some damage to the left side of the vehicle.

Another victim told ABC15 that she is traumatized by the robbery that she had to quit her job.

"To me, the way he spoke to me and followed me with that knife, it felt like he was capable of hurting me," she said. "Every time I think about it, I want to cry. I had to actually leave because of how terrified it makes me knowing he's still out there somewhere."

If you have any information regarding these crimes or the suspect, call Phoenix police at 602-262-6141 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.