Squirrel Hill clerk assaulted during robbery
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A robber knocked a Squirrel Hill store clerk unconscious with a handgun this morning and threatened to kill him before stealing cigarettes cash from the register, Pittsburgh police said.
The 55-year-old clerk told police the robbery happened about 7:10 a.m. at the Discount Tobacco & News in the 1900 block of Murray Avenue. A man walked in, confronted the clerk, grabbed him from behind and hit him in the head with the small handgun, demanding money and repeating, "I'll kill you."
The clerk told police that he gave the robber cash from two registers; he also made off with cartons of cigarettes, police said. Before he left, he took the clerk into another room where he tied him up with duct tape and again hit him in the head.
The clerk reported the robbery just before 8 a.m., when he came to. The clerk was transported to UPMC Presbyterian, where his condition was not immediately known.
He described the assailant as a black man who looked to be about 45 and 5-foot-10, wearing a black shirt, gray pants and a black baseball cap.
The city's robbery squad urged anyone with information to call detectives at 412-323-7151.
First Published July 10, 2012 11:48 am