Second armed robbery attempted at Bay Park gas station

SAN DIEGO - A would-be gas station robber was spooked by a customer and fled before he could carry out his plan, San Diego police said Saturday.

It happened about 8 a.m. at an Arco station in the 1500 block of Morena Boulevard, in the Bay Park neighborhood.

A man entered the station and pointed a gun at the clerk, demanding money, according to Officer Tony Martinez of the San Diego Police Department.

Before the clerk could comply with the suspect's demands, a customer entered the store and the suspect apparently panicked and fled the scene, Martinez said.

“The guy, he got scared and ran away,” said an employee of the smog service station.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic or Asian man in his 50s with a mustache and a short, thin build. He was seen wearing reading glasses and a dark-colored hoodie sweatshirt, Martinez said.

Police also suspect the man of robbing the same Arco station on Wednesday.

“The witness clerk recognized him or believed they recognized him from an earlier robbery this week,” said Lt. James Keck with the San Diego Police Department.

“It’s definitely unnerving especially with the holidays around the corner,” said Simone Brown, a regular customer at the gas station.

Robbery detectives are investigating both incidents, Martinez said.