Mesa and Apache Junction police are working together to solve two armed robberies in which the victims were compliant but got shot anyway. The latest robbery occurred 10:30 p.m. Thursday at an Apache Junction Circle K at 2360 W. Broadway Ave.
It had the same method and suspect description as a robbery committed less than four miles away Monday at Hungry Howie’s Pizza, 1116 S. Crismon Road in Mesa.
“We believe they may be linked,” Mesa police spokeswoman Holly Hosac said.
Apache Junction police spokesman Jay Swart said a masked man walked into the convenience store Thursday, held a handgun to a female customer’s head and then demanded money from the clerk.
The man is described as 6 feet 1 inch tall and wearing dark clothing.
The robber shot the clerk when he handed over the money, Swart said.
The clerk, who survived, was taken to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn hospital.
In Monday’s shooting, the Hungry Howie’s employee was alone and complied with demands for money before he was shot.
The shooter also was masked and wearing baggy blue jeans, dark-colored athletic shoes, a waist-length blue shirt with a white shirt underneath and a heavy, dark, hooded sweatshirt. He also had a red bandana around his head and had a large, square-shaped tattoo on the inside and outside of his upper right forearm.
Detectives did not want to disclose the type of mask worn so they could use the information when interviewing suspects, Hosac said.
The crime is particularly troubling and, police are especially motivated to catch the robber, Hosac said.
“He’s going to kill somebody,” Hosac said.
Anyone with information about the crimes is asked to call Mesa police at (480) 644-2211 or Silent Witness at (800) 948-6377.