ATASCADERO — Police were dispatched Thursday evening, Sept. 20, to a reported robbery at a Chevron gas station in the 8900 block of Montecito Avenue, the Atascadero Police Department reported.
When officers arrived after 8:25 p.m. at the gas station they learned the suspect had entered the business, brandished a butcher knife, demanded cash, which he claimed he needed to buy fuel for his vehicle. The suspect also took a three-pack of Budweiser beer and fled in a vehicle. Officers established a perimeter at the scene.
Officers brought in Atascadero Police Department canine, units from the San Luis Office Sheriff’s Office and San Luis Obispo Probation Department to conduct a search for the suspect.
During Thursday night’s search, the suspect was spotted and fled on foot. Officers are still continuing the search at this time.
The vehicle that the suspect was driving appears to be an early 2000’s model Lexus RX SUV and has an antenna extending from the rear passenger side near the trunk window.
The suspect is described as a white adult male, approximately 40 years of age with a gray goatee. He was last seen wearing a black, white and yellow Padres baseball cap with a yellow bill. A dark blue zip up sweatshirt with white strings, light blue denim jeans and prescription eyeglasses with a thick black frame.
If you recognize the suspect or have additional information, contact Corporal Rodriguez at firstname.lastname@example.org. If anyone has any information on this incident, you can also contact the Watch Commander at the Atascadero Police Department at 805-461-5051.