Crime of the week: Suspect pulls switchblade on Target employees while shoplifting

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A shoplifter threatened store employees with a switchblade at a Central El Paso store, and the police are asking for help to identify the armed robber through the Crime of The Week.

On Jan. 15, a man on a scooter entered a Target store in Bassett Place, 6001 Gateway West Blvd. The man placed the scooter in a shopping cart and began to grab various items throughout the store. Loss prevention employees noticed that the man was putting merchandise inside a backpack and walking towards the exit.

When loss prevention employees confronted the man, he pulled out a switchblade and threatened them.

Security camera image of a man accused of pulling a switchblade on store employees while shoplifting at the Target store inside Bassett Place on Jan. 15.
Security camera image of a man accused of pulling a switchblade on store employees while shoplifting at the Target store inside Bassett Place on Jan. 15.

The man fled the store in a black scooter and took various electronic items.

He is 5 feet, 7 inches, with black hair. He was wearing a black and white baseball cap, a black facemask, a black hooded jacket, a white shirt, black pants, and black athletic shoes.

Anyone with any information can call Crime Stoppers of El Paso at 915-566-8477 (TIPS) or leave a tip online at www.crimestoppersofelpaso.org.

Tipsters can remain anonymous. If the tip leads to an arrest, they may qualify for a cash reward.

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This article originally appeared on El Paso Times: Suspect pulls switchblade on Target employees while shoplifting

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