Police looking for suspect who brandished weapon inside grocery store

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MESA, Ariz. - Mesa police are looking for a suspect who held up an El Rancho Market Wednesday afternoon.

According to police, an Hispanic man walked into the store at Southern Avenue and Mesa Drive and asked the clerk for cold medication, which was behind the checkout counter.

The clerk handed the suspect some cold tablets and then the suspect pulled out a black handgun and pointed it at the clerk, demanding money from the register in Spanish.

The clerk acted like he couldn't understand what the suspect was asking for due to a dialect difference in the Spanish the suspect was speaking. While leaning forward to better understand, the clerk triggered the robbery alarm button.

At that time, two customers walked in and stood behind the suspect.

The suspect decided to leave and walked out the front door. He ran around the rear of the building and got into a silver or champagne-colored late-'90s Honda Civic.

The car fled westbound on Southern Avenue and then southbound on Pasadena.

The suspect is described as an Hispanic male, 30 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 200 pounds, with a goatee. He was last seen wearing a black sweatshirt, blue jeans, white tennis shoes, a black-and-white hat and a glove on his left hand.

The gun was described as a black semi-auto pistol, which the suspect had in his front waistband.

Anyone with any information about the suspect is urged to contact the Mesa Police Department.