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'Man in black' robs liquor store

Posted: Friday, Nov 16th, 2012

Halloween night robbery under investigation

MONTE VISTA -- When a masked man dressed in black entered Park Avenue Liquors Halloween night, he was playing a dangerous form of Trick or Treat and police are still looking for him.

Between 8 an 9 p.m. Oct. 31, Patrolman Robby Martinez received a call from dispatch that an armed robbery had just occurred at the liquor store, located at 1120 Park Ave.and the suspect had run south down the alley by the Nazarene church.

The suspect was described as wearing all black with a black bandanna on his face.

Patrolman Evan Lopez arrived at the store within seconds and Martinez arrived soon afterward.

Patrolmen Martinez and Ivan Garcia began looking for an individual fitting the description given by dispatch, but Since there were many people in the area celebrating Halloween, it was impossible to find anyone specifically matching that description, so the officers went to the liquor store to talk with the clerk who was on duty that night.

The clerk said he was sitting on a stool a few feet away from the cash register, watching a movie when an individual dressed in black, wearing a black hoodie with a bandanna over his face pointed a black object that appeared to be a gun at him and told him not to move.

Torres described the suspect as being tall and thin. After receiving an unspecified amount of money, the subject ran out of the door and headed south.

The shaken store clerk said he didnít recognize the manís voice.

Patrolman Martinez noticed some black cameras on the ceiling of the store and asked if they worked. They did not, but some information was gathered that yielded a few leads'Investigation is continuing, according to Interim Police Chief Jim Grayson.†

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