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Police seek 2 who robbed Hispanic grocery store

By Bayne Hughes
hughes@decaturdaily.com 340-2432

Decatur police are looking for two Hispanic males who robbed La Estrella grocery store on Central Parkway on Sunday night.

Police spokesman Lt. Chris Mathews said police are looking for a 5-foot, 180-pound male wearing a white shirt and khaki pants. He was carrying a handgun.

Mathews said employees described his companion as about 5 feet, 6 inches tall and 175 pounds and wearing a blue shirt, jeans and an orange Nike baseball cap. They left the scene in a red 1999 Pontiac Grand Am with Alabama license tag 40400AN.

Mathews said that at about 5:55 p.m. the taller man entered the business, walked around the front counter, picked up a plastic storage bin containing an undisclosed amount of cash and tried to walk out with it.

He said the co-owner chased the man, grabbed his shirt, tried to tackle him and both fell down. The man's companion was standing just outside the door and pointed a gun at the co-owner, who backed off as the two took off with the money in the car.

The co-owner suffered a small abrasion and swelling on her forehead because of the fall, Mathews said.

If you have any information on the suspects or the car, call 560-2990 or dial 911. The Police Department issued a warning that it considers the two men armed and dangerous.

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