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Northeast robber hits same victim twice
Rochester, N.Y. -- Rochester police are looking for a man they believe is responsible for robbing seven locations over 11 days on the Northeast side.
One of the victims, a hot dog vendor, was hit twice.
"He had a gun and he point (sic) it at me," said the vendor who asked not to be named.
He spoke to 13WHAM News with the help of an interpreter. At the time the stand was located on a side alley near the 1000 block of Norton Street.
He has since moved to a busier corner.
"He was a young, short Spanish guy," the vendor said indicating that he was instructed to give up the money in Spanish. "He said what time is it (then said) I have the time right here right now and give me your money."
Beginning July 13, police say the same man hit the vendor, a cab driver, and four convenience stores. He was armed with the same black semi-automatic which was captured by store security cameras. That photo also shows him wearing sun glasses and a hat.
Police describe him as 5 foot 3 inches with a slim build and a moustache. In several of the cases he used a BMX bike to get away.
The locations are all within walking distance of each other, an indication the suspect may know the area well. Yet those who were targeted said they didn't recognize him as being from the neighborhood.
The second time the hot dog vendor was approached he said the suspect patted down his pockets and even stole his wallet. He says he was frightened by the gun.
"He want (sic) the police to catch him and give him a long time in jail," said the interpreter.
If you recognize the man in the photo you're asked to call Crimestoppers at 423-9300.
You don't have to give your name and you could earn a cash reward if your tip leads to an arrest.