Police have released a surveillance video in an effort to identify a suspect seen violently attacking convenience store employees during a robbery in Surrey last month.
RCMP say a male suspect entered a convenience store in the 12000 block of 99th Ave. in Surrey around 4:30 p.m., PT on Nov. 23.
The video shows a man browsing the aisles until other customers left the store, then selecting a bag of chips before approaching the checkout counter.
In the video, the suspect rushes behind the counter and pushes the two employees to the ground, breaking one of the employees’ noses in the process. Police say the suspect then uttered threats at the other employee and proceeded to stuff cigarette packages into a plastic bag.
In the video, the suspect then kicks the first employee and allegedly demands cash from the register. Police say the suspect fled from the store with an unknown amount of money and a few packs of cigarettes.
The suspect is described as a white male, between 20 and 30 years old, with a slim build, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall, wearing dark pants and a dark hooded sweater with the word “Brooklyn” written on it in gold writing.
The two female employees, ages 51 and 57 years old, are recovering from their injuries, but police say they are still shaken up by the incident.
“While this is an isolated act and we are thankful the victims were not seriously injured, it is nonetheless a dispicable act on two people from our community who were just doing their job,” said RCMP Cpl. Bert Paquet in a statement.
“The level of unprovoked violence is concerning and we owe it to the victims and other business to ensure that we are doing everything possible to locate and arrest this individual. We are hoping this video will trigger a tip or information leading to his arrest,” he said.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP or CrimeStoppers.