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Benicia Police Search For Suspect Who Robbed Store, Pepper Sprayed Clerk

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Police in Benicia are searching for a suspect who robbed a gas station store at gunpoint Sunday, pepper spraying a clerk in the process, according to the police department.

The suspect entered the Fast Mart Gas and Liquor in the 1500 block of East Fifth Street at about 8 p.m. Sunday, went to the register and asked for a pack of cigarettes. He then pointed a black firearm at the clerk and demanded money from the cash register, police said.

The suspect then used pepper spray on the clerk before fleeing in a late model white Jeep Cherokee, making off with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.

"The act of pepper spraying after he got what he wanted was completely uncalled for," said Irma Widjojo of the Benicia Police Department.

Anyone with information on the robbery should call Benicia police at 707-745-3411 and ask for an officer.

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