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A male suspect wearing a motorcycle helmet held a sales clerk at gunpoint while robbing a liquor store in Sausalito late Sunday night. Sales clerk Harjinder Athwal, 51, of Vallejo, who was working at Pal’s Liquor & Wine when the robbery occurred, said a man came in to the store wearing a full-face motorcycle helmet. Athwal said he initially treated the man as he would any customer, asking him how he was doing.
“He didn’t answer me. He showed me his gun and pointed at the cash register. He wanted money. Fourteen years, never held at gunpoint,” Athwal said, describing his experience in a neighborhood he considered very safe. Athwal said he opened the cash register and the suspect took more than $400 before leaving the store. Sausalito police responded to a panic alarm at the liquor store at 3001 Bridgeway Road at 11:09 p.m.Arriving about one minute later, police discovered the lone suspect had already fled the scene on foot.
Police established a perimeter around the liquor store and searched the area with the assistance of officers from the Marin County Sheriff’s Office, Mill Valley and Twin Cities police departments and the Novato police K-9 unit.The officers were unable to locate the suspect after two hours of combing the area, police said. Police are asking the public’s help identifying the suspect.
Athwal described the suspect as a man with a skinny build, standing 5 feet 6 inches tall. The motorcycle helmet he was wearing was silver and black.Although the helmet’s visor was down during the robbery, Athwal said he believed the young man to be white and in his 20s. Sausalito police said that this is the third crime in the area since Jan. 6, when an armed 15-year-old was arrested for a daytime residential burglary.Another 15-year-old was arrested on Jan. 7 for the armed robbery of a woman at a bus stop, police said.
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