Police hunt for man robbing stores in clown mask


ATLANTA - Police are searching for a robber wearing a clown mask while targeting stores along the Cleveland Avenue corridor in southwest Atlanta.

X-press Zone manager Karim Lalalini told Channel 2 Action News the man, who was captured in surveillance video, struck the business he's been managing for more than 10 years.

"To just come inside to rob somebody who just open the store, we don't even have business, we don't have money over there," Lalani told Channel 2's Ryan Young.

Police said the masked robber strikes area businesses from 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Police said even though the victims do what the robber says, he still gets violent.

In one incident, surveillance video shows the robber firing his gun at a wall and hitting a clerk in the head with a gun and demanding money. When the victim doesn't move quickly enough, the robber shoots a chair.

"He's coming in with the gun. He's immediately demanding the money right away. If the clerk is not acting right away, he's doing warning shots at least for the last two incidents, he's fired warning rounds," said Atlanta police Sgt. Prenzina Span.

Although police do not have a physical description, they hope viewers can identify him through his mannerisms or movements caught on camera.

Anyone with information is being asked to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS.