A gunman held up a Mountain View-area gas station last week for the second time in five months, and San Diego police on Thursday sought public help to identify him.
The latest robbery at the Chevron on South 35th Street and National Avenue happened about 3:50 a.m. Saturday, according to San Diego police robbery Lt. Martha Sainz.
Investigators believe the same suspect also robbed the gas station around 4 a.m. on June 2, also a Saturday.
“In both incidents, the suspect pointed a handgun at the clerk and demanded they open the cash register,” Sainz said in a statement. “The suspect stole cash from the register and several packs of cigarettes in both cases.”
The suspect was described as a Hispanic man, 35 to 40 years old, between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 9 inches, and weighing between 170 and 180 pounds. He has a light complexion and acne on his face.
During the first robbery in June, he wore blue jeans, a black hoodie and a baseball cap. Last Saturday he wore blue jeans, a black baseball cap, a blue bandana covering his face and a blue and white plaid shirt.
In both robberies he wore black gloves and carried a black handgun, and both times he fled north on South 35th Street.
Anyone with information about the robberies or the identity of the suspect was urged to call the San Diego Police Department robbery unit at (619) 531-2299, or San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.