He forced the employee to empty the cash register. The suspect than grabbed the money and took off. No shots were fired and the store clerk was not hurt.
He is described as an African American man and in his early 30s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, and weighing between 160 and 180 pounds.
Anyone with information about the suspect's identity or whereabouts is asked to call Newton Division robbery detectives Natalie Humphreys or Michael Matsuda at (323) 846-6572 or the LAPD tipline at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 OR 10877-527-3247.
City News Service contributed to this story