Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Bondsman Robbed at Gunpoint

A bail bond business was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday by two suspects who escaped capture, police said.

Two suspects entered the business in the 300 block of Texas Street, confronted the lone employee and two customers inside and ordered them to the ground, police said.

One suspect, armed with a silver semi-automatic firearm, demanded cash, police said. But when told there was no cash in the store, the suspects ordered the victims to hand over their personal cash, which they did, police said.

The suspects then ordered the employee to open the safe in the back of the store. When the employee told them he didn't know the combination, both suspects fled on foot eastbound, police said.

Officers responded and cordoned off the area between the railroad tracks and Taft Street. The suspects were spotted on the railroad right-of-way fleeing north, before they disappeared into a residential area, police said.

A California Highway Patrol helicopter responded before being called away on another emergency, police said.

Officers were unable to locate the suspects, though some good leads were developed during the incident, police said.

One suspect is described as a black male, 5 feet, 11 inches tall with a thin build, wearing a ski mask or something similar, a black hooded sweatshirt and gray shorts. The other is a black male 6 feet, 3 inches tall, medium build wearing black pants and black hooded sweatshirt. He was wearing a bandanna with eye cutouts or a ski mask, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Fairfield Police or CrimeStoppers.

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