Gunman wearing red wig robs GameStop

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SAN DIEGO -- A man wearing a red wig and brandishing a pistol robbed a Lake Murray-area video game store, taking cash, but he fled when he was locked out of a back room while forcing two employees at gunpoint to turn over their wallets, police said Wednesday.

The robber confronted the two employees at the GameStop shop in the 8800 block of Navajo Road, displayed a silver-and-black handgun and demanded cash shortly before 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to San Diego police officer John Buttle.

After one of the victims turned over an undisclosed amount of money from the store's register, the suspect demanded the employees' wallets, the officer said.

"The victims tell the suspect their wallets are in the back room," Buttle said. "The suspect takes the victims to the back room and the door closes behind the victims before the suspect can enter the back room. When the door closes, it locks, preventing the suspect from entering the back room."

Stymied by the locked door, the armed robber waited in the front of the store but left when another customer entered, Buttle said.

The victims were "doing absolutely fine and doing their best to enhance the investigation," Lt. Jeffery Jordon said.

The bandit was described as a heavyset white man between 40 to 50 years old, roughly 5 feet 10 and 200 to 250 pounds. He wore jeans, a gray hooded jacket, black gloves and a black baseball cap over the red hairpiece.