Bridgeport's Garcia's Market robbed by man wielding knife

Yavapai Sheriff’s Department deputies secure the scene around Garcia’s Market in Cottonwood on Monday afternoon after a robbery involving a knife. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

Yavapai Sheriff’s Department deputies secure the scene around Garcia’s Market in Cottonwood on Monday afternoon after a robbery involving a knife. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

BRIDGEPORT -- Garcia's Market and Carniceria Butcher Shop in Bridgeport was the site of a daylight robbery Monday.

Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies swarmed around the store about 4:30 p.m. and taped off access until the investigation was completed.

Sheriff's spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said a knife was used as a weapon to force the clerk to open the cash drawer of the strip mall market.

The suspect walked behind the counter and held a knife to an employee's waist and demanded money. According to D'Evelyn, it appeared to the victim that the suspect had waited until there were no customers in the store before pulling the heist. The employee handed over cash, mostly in $20 denominations. The suspect then left the store in a 1990's model, forest green, Jeep Cherokee. The four-door vehicle had a handicapped license plate.

The suspect is described as a white male, in his 30's, standing 5-10, 170 pounds, blond hair, possibly having blue eyes, wearing a "hoody" type jacket, dark colored baggy pants, and a dark colored baseball cap. The jacket displayed some type of lettering that the victim was unable to recognize.

The suspect was last seen driving toward Cottonwood. The suspect vehicle contained a passenger who appeared 50-years-of-age with short dark hair.

The victim was not injured. Another employee who was inside the store during the robbery was interviewed as a potential witness. Deputies and neighboring police agencies searched the area but were not able to locate the suspect or vehicle. Crime scene technicians arrived to gather evidence. D'Evelyn says money was taken, but no one was hurt in the incident.

If anyone has information regarding the suspect and/or suspect vehicle, please contact the Sheriff's Office at 928-771-3260. Callers can also contact Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232 and remain anonymous. A cash reward is offered only to callers who contact Silent Witness directly.

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