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Two Wicomico Co. Armed Robberies Related, Suspect At-Large

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WICOMICO CO., Md. - One man is now wanted by the Wicomico County Sheriff's Department for reportedly hitting two convenience stores Monday morning.

The first one reportedly happened at 7:30 AM at the Quick Stop in Parsonsburg, Md. Then, 30 minutes later, investigators say the same man parked behind the Vintage Beverages building in Salisbury, Md. before going inside, demanding cash and driving off. 

Detectives say he only managed to get away with money from the Salisbury location.
     
Sgt. David Owens of Wicomico Bureau of Investigation says the man went into the stores "wearing a hoodie. He was trying to cover his face even though he didn't have an actual mask on it and looks like a black male. He is holding a knife, like a steak knife."

The Quick Stop owner tells WMDT that the situation was "really scary."

Although he did not want his face shown on camera, owner Hamid Seleman explains what happened in his store Monday morning.

"He just pointed the fingers on the register, on top and said, 'open the register! Open the register! I want to kill you, get open the register! Give me the money!'"

But the suspect apparently didn't get his hands on the cash because Seleman says he hit the panic button calling police.

Seconds later, the suspect fled.

Seleman's description of the suspect's vehicle matches that of a gold Mazda captured in surveillance video at Vintage.

"He parks [his car fairly close to the back of the building], runs in very quickly, demands the money runs out and gets in the car," said Owens.

Seleman says he did manage to write down a license plate number, which he did give to detectives.

But investigators say they can't release that information to the public. The suspect is believed to have a temporary Maryland license plate. When asked how residents should proceed Monday evening, Owens said to be cognizant of any suspicious behavior around markets.

Investigators do believe the suspect is still armed and dangerous.

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