Suspect sought in armed robbery of Phoenix businesses

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- Police are asking for the public's help identifying a suspect in the armed robbery of several Phoenix businesses.

The robberies occurred in January at businesses between Camelback Road and Glendale Avenue, and 11th Street and Seventh Avenue.

Shortly before 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10, a man gave a Paradise Bakery cashier money to purchase a cookie. When the cashier opened the register, he reportedly simulated a weapon in his pocket and said, "While you have the drawer open, you may as well give me the money."

The cashier refused, and the man fled on foot.

Police believe the same man robbed a Hi-Health about 25 minutes later, again simulating a weapon and demanding money from the register. Police said he opened the register and took all of the money before fleeing on foot.

Around 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 21, the man reportedly entered Snip-N-Clip Pet Grooming and demanded money from the groomer.

The groomer told him there was no cash in the register. Police said he jumped over the counter to check and then casually walked to the Mucho Macho Taco restaurant.

Police said the man again simulated a weapon and demanded money from the restaurant, then fled south and jumped a wall.

Police searched the area and found a purple and black hoodie they believe the man was wearing.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic man between 20 and 25 years old, 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall, and 120 to 140 pounds. He has short, black hair; a beard and a mustache.

Anyone with information is asked to call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS or 1-800-343-TIPS. Anonymous tips can also be submitted online at www.silentwitness.org.

Witnesses could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.