Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office:
Today, at approximately 2: 57 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call from the clerk at the 76 Gas Station, located at 2698 Central Avenue, McKinleyville. The clerk reported he had just been robbed and the suspect had left on foot running southbound on Central Avenue. Deputies arrived at the gas station in less than two minutes of the call and searched the area for the suspect.
After searching the area, deputies met with the 26 year old male clerk. He told the deputies he was seated behind the counter when the suspect came into the station. The suspect was wearing a mask over his face, a ball cap over the mask and a light colored jacket with a dark hoodie. The suspect appeared to have a light beard under the mask and appeared to be a white male adult. The suspect demanded money from the register and told the clerk to do it quickly. The clerk never saw a gun, but felt the suspect may have had one due to his behavior.
Right after the suspect fled the store, another former store employee walked into the store and witnessed the suspect running southbound on Central Avenue.
Deputies reviewed the stores video tape and saw the suspect was wearing a light windbreaker with dark strips on it. He also was wearing a black hat with a white triangle type symbol on the left side of the hat face.
The clerk was not injured in the robbery.
Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.