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Attempted armed robbery reported in Emery County

An attempted armed robbery reportedly took place at the Castle Dale Maverik store on Feb. 25 at 12:54 a.m. The night clerk was in the store alone at the time. The robber reportedly entered the store by the unlocked back door. He then confronted the clerk inside the store and demanded money. The clerk argued with the robber. The man allegedly discharged a hand gun into a display case. The man walked around to the customer side of the counter and again demanded money.

The clerk argued with the man. He then pulled the cash register off the counter and onto the floor. While he was doing this the clerk darted into the office directly behind the clerk area and locked the door. She called 911 and Emery County Sheriff's deputies arrived on the scene within four to five minutes. The suspect left the store and went out the back door without taking anything. He reportedly left the store on foot.

"We have a video of the incident," said Emery County Sheriff LaMar Guymon. "We have developed a description of the suspect from the video and also from the clerk. The detectives and deputies searched the area surrounding the Maverik and were unable to turn up anything. They did recover the slug from the gun and it is a 45 caliber hand gun. The clerk is okay and there is no money missing from the store. The surveillance video shows the suspect dressed in light clothing, gray and white in color. The sweater or jacket was fleece with gray and white stripes. He had a camouflage scarf around his head and face and only his eyes were showing. He was of medium build anywhere from 5'8" to 5'10".

Guymon said the robbers actions after he left the store are unknown. According to Guymon the robber left the store on foot and it isn't known if he left the area in a vehicle or not. According to interviews with the neighbors they didn't hear any cars in the area around that time. One neighbor said they heard the call come in over the scanner and looked out a window but didn't see anything.

"I think it is a local person," stated Guymon. "But we don't know for sure. We are following up on all leads and reports from the interviews taken during the night. We are analyzing all the evidence and searching for the identity of this suspect," stated the sheriff.

Guymon encouraged anyone who might have any information about this incident to give detectives a call at 435-381-2404. He also said a reward is being offered for any information which leads to the arrest of the suspect.

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