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Robber Demands Cash; Possible Getaway Vehicle Found Abandoned

Following an alleged robbery Wednesday evening at Submarina on Antelope Road, an SUV that was possibly driven as the getaway vehicle was found nearby, abandoned with flat tires, a Murrieta police sergeant said.

A Nissan Armada found abandoned near Scott and Menifee roads may be linked to a robbery reported Dec. 4, 2013 at Submarina on Antelope Road in Murrieta. (Photo by Joe Fanaselle)
A Nissan Armada found abandoned near Scott and Menifee roads may be linked to a robbery reported Dec. 4, 2013 at Submarina on Antelope Road in Murrieta. (Photo by Joe Fanaselle)

A bandana-wearing suspect is being sought in the robbery Wednesday evening of a Murrieta sandwich shop.

At about 6:20 p.m., employees of Submarina California Subs, 33040 Antelope Road, called police to report that a man wearing a blue bandana over his face had demanded they empty the cash register, according to Murrieta police Sgt. Dave Baca.

The sergeant said it was unclear whether the suspect, described by employees as a tall, darker-complected man wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and yellow Lakers shorts, had a weapon.

“They said he had his hands in his pockets,” Baca said.

The man allegedly got away with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to the sergeant.

“Witnesses said the suspect fled on foot [out the front door] and got into a waiting gray Nissan Armada SUV, which drove away from the location at a high rate of speed,” Baca said.

A short time later, Baca said an employee of Submarina reported seeing the same type of vehicle abandoned near the intersection of Scott and Menifee roads, about a mile from the restaurant.

Officers responded to the intersection and found that the front and rear left tires of the Armada were blown out, he said.

Police did not immediately locate the suspect or the driver of the vehicle, according to the sergeant.

“We are conducting follow-up and attempting to locate the suspect,” Baca said. “At this time it is an active case.”

The robbery suspect was described as 6 feet 3 inches tall, weighing between 230 and 250 pounds. He had a darker complexion and possibly light-colored eyes, and was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, yellow Lakers shorts and a blue bandana, Baca said.

Anyone with information pertaining to the vehicle, robbery or suspect may call the Murrieta police dispatch line at 951-696-3615 and ask for Detective John Therien.

—Joe Fanaselle contributed to this report.

Justice For All December 05, 2013 at 03:04 AM
I've got a hunch and 10 bucks that says this will be sewn up by tomorrow. 'Tis the season for amateur crooks to try their hand at robbery, and this definitely sounds like amateurs.
SA December 05, 2013 at 11:48 AM
Brilliant idea to rob a sandwich shop … Just a brave person to take on that task…
Maggie Avants (Editor) December 05, 2013 at 01:56 PM
Thank you, Georgia. It has been corrected.
AlwaysPO'd December 05, 2013 at 09:19 PM
Security video? The clothing worn by the perp narrows it down to Perris, Mo Valley, Inglewood and possibly Detroit.
Justice For All December 06, 2013 at 02:58 PM
TADA! http://murrieta.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/suspect-in-submarina-robbery-arrested-at-pechanga-casino

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