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Police seek armed robber who terrorized sandwich shop workers [Video]

September 17, 2010 |  7:57 am

Subway_robbery_1 LAPD detectives are looking for a gun-wielding suspect captured on security video robbing a downtown Subway sandwich shop this week, dragging a clerk across the floor before getting away with $1,600 in cash.

“The video is quite graphic in the way this suspect jumps the counter and pushed the employees around,” said Lt. Paul Vernon, commanding officer of the Central Detective Division. “Turns out he was armed with a BB gun pistol, which he left behind.”

The violent robbery occurred around 6:25 a.m. Tuesday when a man wearing a white baseball cap and black hoodie ordered a sandwich at the counter of the Subway at 155 W. Washington Blvd. in downtown Los Angeles.

As an employee prepared the sandwich, the robber pulled a gun from his jacket and jumped over the counter. The employee ran into the back room and another employee entered the main dining room to discover the robbery in progress.

The robber then pushed the two employees back to the front counter, forcing them onto the floor. He dragged one of the employees across the floor before grabbing the money and jumping the counter.

He gave a warning to the employees before he left, the video shows.

Witnesses told detectives the man fled in a 1998 to 1999 red Ford F-150 pickup truck.

Neither worker was injured, and police recovered the BB gun at the scene.

Vernon said robberies in the downtown area have dropped 17% this year over the same period in 2009, which amounts to 59 fewer robberies.

-- Richard Winton

Photo: Frame grab from surveillance video. Credit: LAPD