Violent Crime

John Street Mini Mart Store Clerk Pistol Whipped by Robber in Salinas

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A masked man pistol-whipped a store clerk and fired a bullet into a security surveillance monitor during an armed robbery this afternoon in Salinas, police said. Police responded to a report of an armed robbery at 12:06 p.m. at the John Street Mini Mart, located at 241 John St., police said.

A man, roughly 18-years-old wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and a black facemask, entered the store and demanded money, police said. A 59-year-old store clerk did not resist and police said he gave the robber all the money in the till. The suspect then struck the clerk in the face with a pistol and fired one round into the screen of a surveillance monitor before running out of the store and onto Front Street, police said.

The camera and the recorder were not damaged and police said they were able to recover a large-caliber casing at the scene. Salinas police and a California Highway Patrol helicopter searched the area for the suspect but did not find him, police said.

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