Suspect commits 2 armed robberies just minutes apart

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A person of interest used a stolen credit card at a store. By Jennifer Thomas A person of interest used a stolen credit card at a store. By Jennifer Thomas
A person of interest used a stolen credit card at a store. By Jennifer Thomas A person of interest used a stolen credit card at a store. By Jennifer Thomas
A person of interest used a stolen credit card at a store. By Jennifer Thomas A person of interest used a stolen credit card at a store. By Jennifer Thomas
A person of interest used a stolen credit card at a store. By Jennifer Thomas A person of interest used a stolen credit card at a store. By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- Phoenix police are searching for a suspect who committed two armed robberies within a span of about five minutes.

Police said at approximately 5:35 a.m. on Sept. 29, a Hispanic male in his early 20s jumped out of a silver minivan near 47th Avenue and Indian School Road and pointed a handgun at a 48-year-old man. Police said he demanded the victim's wallet then drove away.

Five minutes later, the suspect committed the same type of offense in the area of 27th Avenue and Osborn Road. According to police, the suspect fired a shot and grazed the 43-year-old male victim in the back of his head. The injury was not life-threatening.

Police said a Hispanic male wearing a fedora hat and sunglasses attempted to use a victim's credit card an hour later. Police have released photos and store surveillance video of this person of interest.

Silent Witness is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS or silentwitness.org.