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Man in ski mask robs northeast Anchorage sandwich shop, pistol whips teenage clerk

Posted: September 5, 2011 - 12:00am

ANCHORAGE — A man wearing what may have been a stolen cobalt blue ski jacket and matching pants is suspected of a robbing and pistol-whipping an Anchorage restaurant, police said.

Officers at 8 a.m. Saturday took a call of a robbery at a Subway restaurant in northeast Anchorage, said police spokeswoman Anita Shell.

The Anchorage Daily News reported that officers found an injured 19-year-old woman employee at the restaurant. She was bleeding from her head.

She told police a man pointed a gun at her and demanded money.

The woman handed over cash but the man forced her into a back room, where he beat her in the head with the gun. When she fell, he continued to beat her with the weapon and then kicked her in the head before fleeing with cash.

Police described the robber as dark-skinned and of average build. He wore a new-looking blue ski jacket and pants, a mask, goggles and gloves.

The cobalt blue jacket had gray stripes on the sides and matching pants, police said.

Police said the outfit may have been stolen and are asking local retailers who sell similar outerwear if they’ve had a theft. Police released a grainy photo of the suspect that mostly showed the bright blue color of the jacket and pants.

The woman suffered cuts and was taken to a hospital.

A Subway restaurant in Midtown Anchorage was robbed early Aug. 4. The suspect in that robbery hit a male employee in the back of the head with a gun, police said.

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