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Man Robs Rochester Hills Gas Station After Assaulting Attendant

Surveillance images show the man and his getaway car.

Police are asking for the public's help in finding the man responsible for a Friday morning robbery and assault at a Rochester Hills gas station.

The incident occurred at the Sunoco at Rochester Road and M-59 at 3:45 a.m. Friday. 

According to a report from the Oakland County Sheriff's Office, a man walked into the gas station and ordered the attendant to give him cash. "The attendant refused, and the suspect struck him one time in the neck causing him to fall back," the report stated. As the attendant fell, the suspect took the cash drawer and fled the scene, according to the report. No weapon was seen.

When sheriff's deputies arrived on the scene, they searched the area for the vehicle but could not find it.

The man escaped in a grey vehicle driven by a second man. According to surveillance camera images from the gas station, the four-door sedan had a license plate that read, in part, "CDU" and the driver's side tail light was out.

The suspect is described as a 6-foot-tall man weighing about 180 pounds with brown hair and scruffy facial hair on his face and lip. He was wearing a grey hoodie. There was no description of the driver.

Anyone with information is requested to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAKUP or the sheriff's office at 248-537-3516.

Peter Adair September 29, 2012 at 02:51 PM
The vehicle looks like a Saab 9-3, 2003ish
Mackey Chandler September 29, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Why do people go to all the trouble and expense of installing a camera system that isn't positioned to show the face of any robber?
Mark Ford September 29, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Mackey: Your absolutely correct about the camera system. Nearly all surveillance cameras are mounted in the upper corners of the rooms. That is one of the reasons that criminals wear ball caps to hide their faces. We try to encourage business owners to install cameras at eye level. If you walk up to a counter and see your mug in a monitor, chances are you will think twice before committing a robbery.
Luca Brazzi September 30, 2012 at 03:14 PM
What kind of a descrpition of the suspect is this? Is this clown white, black, purple or what. Secondly why is this station open at 3:45 AM - you're just asking for trouble. Lastly, if you are going to stay open all lnight you better have a weapon handy to protect yourself. Shoot first and then call police to file a report.

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