South City cops on the lookout for strong-arm thief

Cops are hunting a vicious robber who punched a South City convenient store clerk repeatedly during a heist Saturday morning.

The thief broke into the locked store in the 1100 block of Mission Rd. around 2:20 a.m., while the clerk was in the back room, police said.

When the clerk came out, the thug pushed him behind the counter, threatened he had a knife and then punched him numerous times, demanding cash, police said.

The suspect fled the store with cash from the register, police said.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic or white male in his early to mid-20s. He has a heavy build, shaved hairstyle and was wearing an earring in his left ear, police said. He was also wearing a black T-shirt with an image of California underneath the words “Northern Cali,” and also black shorts and black tennis shoes.

He also has several tattoos, one on his right elbow that says “S” or “3” or something similar, and another on his right forearm that begins with the letters “Ala,” police said.

Anyone with information about the suspect or this incident is encouraged to call the South San Francisco Police Department at (650) 877-8900.

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