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Alexandria robbery could be linked to two others

The Super America at 1424 Broadway in Alexandria, Minn., was robbed at gunpoint just before midnight March 18, 2014. ECHO PRESS/Annie Harman

ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- Alexandria police believe a convenience store robbery Tuesday night is linked to two other recent robberies in the area, said Police Chief Rick Wyffels.

Just before midnight Tuesday, Alexandria police received a 911 call about a robbery at Super America on Broadway.

The robber held the clerk at gunpoint and demanded cash from the till, police said. He then tied the employee’s hands and ankles and took her to a back room. At one point, the robber threw the clerk to the floor, causing her to bleed from the nose and face.

The robber went out the front door and showed a customer sitting in a vehicle his handgun, demanding the person’s wallet, police said.

Officers were able to track the suspect for a short distance and determined that a vehicle picked him up.

The clerk was taken to the Douglas County Hospital, treated for injuries and released.

Police are trying to locate the owner of a light-colored crossover model vehicle that was in the Super America parking lot about 11:55 p.m.

“We believe the driver of this vehicle may have witnessed something, and we are asking for help in trying to identify who would have been driving this vehicle,” Wyffels said.

Alexandria police think the Super America robbery is related to robberies at a Subway restaurant Feb. 23 and a Premiere Video on March 10.

The robber was described as white, about 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall with a medium to slender build. He also has a pronounced outstep on both legs and feet, with the right leg and foot being very pronounced pointing outward.

Anyone with information about the recent string of robberies is urged to call Alexandria police at (320) 763-6631.

Annie Harman
Annie Harman is a reporter for Echo Press and The Osakis Review. She grew up in Detroit Lakes and graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire with a degree in print journalism and history in May 2012. Follow her on Twitter at annieharman
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