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September 18, 2014

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Police looking for black-clad gunman in string of robberies

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Metro Police released this image of an armed robbery suspect in a string of crimes they described as a black male adult, standing approximately 5 feet 8 and weighing 150 to 170 pounds.

Metro Police say they are looking to arrest a suspect in a string of quick-hitting armed robberies of convenience stores before somebody gets hurt.

Police have dubbed the chain of at least nine robberies — all believed tied to a single suspect — the “Quick Pinch” robberies.

The first robbery was in March and the most recent was May 19, but the incidents have grown more frequent in recent weeks, Sgt. Steve Candelas said.

The robber dresses from head to toe in black, including a black knit mask covering most of his head and face, a black sweatshirt and black pants.

The robberies have occurred mostly in the western part of the valley and typically between 2 and 6 a.m., Candelas said.

The boundaries of where the robberies occurred are from Charleston Boulevard to Flamingo Road and between Hualapai Way and Buffalo Drive.

The robber enters the store and immediately goes behind counter with a gun drawn on the clerk and demands cash from the register, police said.

The suspect is usually gone within a minute, Candelas said.

The suspect is described as an adult black male, between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall and 150 to 170 pounds. He has a “predominant nose, large amount of hair and is possibly ambidextrous by the way he handles the firearm,” Candelas said.

“We need to stop him, before he escalates the violence, and citizens of Clark County have always been a valuable source of information,” Candelas said.

There was no information about any vehicle the suspect may be using.

Metro Police are asking for anyone with information about the robberies or suspect to contact Metro’s Robbery Division at 828-3591.

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