Second armed robbery attempted at Bay Park gas station

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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.

โ€œThe guy, he got scared and ran away,โ€ 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.

โ€œThe witness clerk recognized him or believed they recognized him from an earlier robbery this week,โ€ said Lt. James Keck with the San Diego Police Department.

โ€œItโ€™s definitely unnerving especially with the holidays around the corner,โ€ said Simone Brown, a regular customer at the gas station.

Robbery detectives are investigating both incidents, Martinez said.

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