Police: Robbery Suspect Matches Previous Description

These images from recent robberies in Murrieta, released last week by police, show a suspect matching the description of the suspect in an...

These images from recent robberies in Murrieta, released last week by police, show a suspect matching the description of the suspect in an attempted robbery this morning.

A man who escaped after a failed attempt to rob a Murrieta gas station this morning might be the same suspect wanted for a string of robberies in Murrieta and Menifee, police said.

Today at 2:04 a.m., Murrieta Police Department units responded to the USA gas station at 39055 Winchester Road. According to police, an adult male brandishing a hand gun came into the store and demanded cash. When the store manager challenged the suspect, the man fled from the store on foot through the open field east of the gas station. No one was injured and the suspect did not get away with any cash.

Police said the suspect's description matches that of the suspect in robberies that occurred Jan. 9 at a Sherwin-Williams paint store in Menifee, Jan. 13 at a Taco Bell Restaurant in Murrieta and Jan. 20 at a Chevron gas station in Murrieta. The suspect is described as a white male adult, 20-25 years old, approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall, 160 pounds, with a thin build. The suspect wore a black jacket, black jeans, and a black ski type mask with a white threaded design near the suspect's mouth.

Patrol units established a perimeter around today's scene of the attempted robbery. The Riverside Sheriff's Airship was dispatched, arrived on scene and searched the open field (with spot lights and their on-board FLIR system). The search area was bordered by Winchester Creek Road, Calle La Fortuna, Murrieta Hot Springs Road, and the Hillside Apartment Complex. The suspect was not found.

Anyone with information or questions regarding this investigation can contact the Murrieta Police Department on-duty Watch Commander at 951-696-3615. You can also provide information anonymously through "We Tip" at 1-800-78-CRIME.

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