Police search for Los Tapatios robber

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11/03/11, 4:30 P.M. - FROM WWPD PRESS RELEASE

The Los Tapatios Market, 114 S. 9th Avenue, was robbed early this afternoon by a maskedmale brandishing a handgun. The call was received by 911 Dispatch at 12:58 p.m. Therobber was last seen riding a bicycle westbound in the alley between Alder and PoplarStreets. He got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Law enforcement officers from the police department, Sheriff’s Office, Washington StatePatrol, and College Place PD searched for the gunman across a wide swath of the west endof the city.

A possible witness pointed out a residence near the west end of Willow Street. Blue RidgeElementary School was contacted and placed on lockdown for several minutes while thearea was searched. No evidence of the robbery was located.

There were 2 subjects in the store at the time of the robbery and no injuries were reported.

The gunman is described as a white male, 6’ to 6’2", wearing a dark jacket over a hoodedsweatshirt, jeans, gloves and sunglasses.

The description of the gunman is similar to that of the subject who robbed the Taj FoodMart on October 26th.

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WALLA WALLA -- Law enforcement officials were combing the west end of town early Thursday afternoon, looking for a man who robbed Los Tapatios about 1 p.m.

The man, who was wearing some type of facial covering and carrying a pistol, entered the store on Ninth Avenue between Alder and Poplar streets and demanded money, police spokesman Officer Tim Bennett said. The robber left with an undisclosed amount of cash and last was seen riding a bicycle heading west in the alley.

Bennett said it wasn't immediately known whether the robbery was connected with an Oct. 26 heist at Taj Food Mart, 5 W. Morton St.

In that robbery, a man wearing a bandanna across his face also got away with an undisclosed amount of cash by fleeing on a bike. But no weapon was displayed.

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