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Ojai market robbed at gunpoint; suspect sought

A map indicates the area near the 130 block of West Ojai Avenue in the city of Ojai where a robbery suspect held up an employee at Starr Market on Sunday, April 21, 2013. (Google maps)

April 27, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
A search is under way for a robbery suspect who held up an employee at Starr Market in the city of Ojai in Ventura County Sunday.

The incident happened at the market located in the 130 block of West Ojai Avenue around 9:30 p.m. Authorities said the employee called police reporting the robbery.

The victim had just begun closing the business when the suspect entered the store and approached the victim from behind. The suspect pointed a handgun at the victim and demanded money.

The victim emptied the safe for the suspect who then fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash. No shots were fired and no one was hurt.

Police set up a perimeter to search for the suspect, but he was not located.

He was described as a male standing around 6 feet tall and weighing between 180 and 200 pounds. The suspect was last seen wearing a black sweatshirt and dark pants.

Anyone with any information regarding the robbery was asked to contact the Ojai Police Department at (805) 646-1414.