Man swings hatchet during robbery attempt near Fashion Valley Mall

SAN DIEGO - Surveillance video was released Tuesday to get help identifying a man who tried to hack open a cash register with a hatchet during a robbery attempt near Fashion Valley Mall.

The suspect walked up to the checkout area at The Container Store at 7097 Friars Road, hit the counter with the small ax and demanded cash around 8 p.m. on Sept. 30, according to San Diego police and Crime Stoppers.

Container Store hatchet-attackAs the employee backed away from the cash register, the suspect apparently tried to open it himself by swinging the hatchet into the keyboard, but was unable to get any cash. He walked away empty-handed, but used the weapon to shatter a sliding glass door on his way out.

The suspect was described as a white man in his 30s, roughly 6-foot-1-inch tall with a medium build, reddish-brown hair and a goatee. He was wearing a blue t-shirt, dark shorts, black gloves and black sunglasses.

He was last seen getting into the passenger seat of an older-model, faded teal Honda Accord or Civic sedan.

Anyone with information on the suspect's identity or whereabouts was asked to call SDPD at 619-531-2299. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477 or by contacting the agency online.