Police are looking for information about three robberies that happened at the same Tacoma gas station in about a week.
The first robbery was about 6:30 a.m. March 30 when a man with a silver handgun demanded money from the clerk at the Chevron station at South Sprague Avenue and 11th Street.
“You only see it happening to other people in TV,” Nathan, the clerk, said about the robbery. “You don’t realize until it’s over and done with: ‘Wow, I’m a statistic now.’”
Nathan’s family asked to be identified by first name only, to prevent potential retaliation.
Nathan’s stepfather, Kiril, was waiting outside to give him a ride home after his shift when he saw the 22-year-old get robbed.
“It happened so fast,” Karil said. “A half second, millisecond. It just seemed like ages. It’s amazing how that works. It was a very traumatic moment. It almost seemed like a movie.”
Nathan hasn’t been back to work since the robbery, and doesn’t plan to return.
“I’ve got to find something else,” he said. “I don’t like being in that position. Your privacy and everything is violated. It’s not something I’d want to put myself through again.”
And since he’s left, two similar robberies have happened at the station, one at 3:50 a.m. April 3 and another at 3:40 a.m. Sunday.
Police are investigating whether the same man was responsible for all three robberies.
The robber is described as a black man in his 20s, about 6 feet tall, with a medium build. He was wearing a black bandana over his face and a hooded sweatshirt. In two of the robberies, the robber jumped over the counter and tried to grab the attendant.
Anyone with information was asked to call Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Tips are anonymous and can lead to a reward.
Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268