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UPDATE: Police Searching for Knife-Wielding Suspect in BP Robbery

Police say the man who robbed the BP Gas Station at Markley and Main on Dec. 29 may be responsible for other recent knife-point robberies.

UPDATE: [2:25 p.m.] Norristown Police have confirmed that another robbery involving a knife-wielding suspect was committed on Wednesday, Jan. 2, this time at the 7-Eleven at 1335 Sandy Street in Norristown.

According to reports, officers responded to the 7-Eleven on Sandy Street on Wednesday morning at approximately 3:11 a.m. On the scene, officer spoke with the victim, an employee of the store who told them a masked man brandishing a kitchen steak knife came behind the counter and demanded the victim give him money.

"Give me all the money right now or I'll stab your ass," the suspect allegedly said, according to the victim.

The victim then reportedly opened the register and the man allegedly took all of the cash from that register tray and another. The man reportedly made off with approximately $200. 

The suspect was described as a black male, approximately 5'10" to 6' tall with a medium build and wearing a brown ski mask, black long-sleeve t-shirt, dark blue pants and dark colored sneakers with a white sole.

Police say the suspect may be the same knife-wielding suspect involved in other area robberies.

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Original story:

Norristown Police are searching for a suspect in the Dec. 29 robbery of the BP Gas Station at Main and Markley who they say may also be responsible for a string of recent knife-point robberies in Norristown and the surrounding area.

According to a report from the Norristown Police Department, officers responded to the BP Gas Station at approximately 5:51 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29 for a report of a robbery at knife point. On the scene, police spoke with the victim, an employee of the store who stated that man entered the store at approximately 5:36 a.m. and asked several times to be shown phone chargers stored in front of the locked booth. The store employee reportedly left and re-entered the booth several times and on the third time, the suspect allegedly rushed him, pushed past him into the booth at knife point and grabbed two boxes filled with cash. The suspect reportedly exited the store at 5:41 a.m., running east on Main Street. According to the employee, the boxes contained approximately $300 in cash.

The suspect is described as a black male in his mid-20s to mid-30s, bald, with a mustache, approximately 6' tall with a medium build. He was wearing a bark Yankees baseball cap, black puffy jacket, dark pants and dark sneakers with white soles and stripes.

Police say the suspect may be the same man responsible for the New Year's Day knife-point robbery of the American Gasoline Store at 1401 Ridge Pike in Plymouth.

According to East Norriton Police, Sally's Beauty Supply in East Norriton was also held up at knife-point on Wednesday, Jan. 2, but the description of the suspect in that incident may not match the suspect in the other robberies.

Anyone with information on the suspect should call the Norristown Police Department at 610-270-0977.

[CORRECTION: Earlier reports indicated another knife-point robbery of the 7-Eleven on East Johnson Highway. Those reports were incorrect. The story has been update to reflect new information.]

john doe March 14, 2013 at 07:47 PM
I got jumped & mugged by 3 - 17 year old teenagers who were attempting to rob me near the library, while I was minding my own business. I fought them, off & grabbed 1 of the suspects. Someone driving by saw the incident & called 911. I later found out that the mother of one of the kids filed an assult charge against me. I only defended myself. This kid went on to punch me & assult me. The mother turned this whole situation around. I didn't punch or hurt the teenager. If I did, he would have been hurt badly. Nothing happened to these kids. What rights do these teens have to attack someone? They will continue doing it again. 2 weeks ago, I was walking in Norristown at night when I got jumped by a few males. 1 was about 6" tall, the other, shorter. They strangled, choked me, continuously punched me in the ribs & face, and stabbed me in the head with a knife. If I didn't fight back, I could have been dead. Families living on the street heard the noise, turned on the lights & opened the doors. These cowards ran off. They were robbing me. Nice people. Why don't these crack heads get a job? I am tired of the crime & disrespect for human life, especially in Norristown. These muggers will burn in hell. I was forced to go to the gun show & purchase assult equipment in order to protect myself. If anybody attacks, robs or hurts me, I will have no choice but to defend myself & kill them. I would suggest everyone purchasing a gun, mace, stun guns to protect themselves.

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