ALAMEDA -- An employee of the Bonfare Market on High Street suffered a cut above his eye on Wednesday night when a robber hit him in the face with a handgun, police said.

The 67-year-old man was standing at the counter when two robbers entered the market about 9:50 p.m., while another employee, 26, was in a back room at the business, Alameda police Lt. Ted Horlbeck said.

One suspect jumped on the counter and demanded the employee open the register.

As the man was attempting to open the register, the second employee emerged from the back room and was ordered to get down on the floor, Horlbeck said.

The robber who confronted the employee at the counter punched him, leaving the man with a cut above his left eye, Horlbeck said. The man was treated at Alameda Hospital and released.

The suspects stole a bag containing cash and a wallet from the employee who was ordered to get down on the floor, police said.

The robbers fled in an dark four-door vehicle that was possibly a 1980s Oldsmobile or an early 1990s Toyota Corolla. It was driven by a third suspect.

The suspects who entered the store were described as black men wearing baseball caps. Each was also wearing a mask, police said.

The first is between 20 and 30 years old, 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet tall and about 180 pounds with a thin build. He was wearing dark pants and a black sweat shirt.

The victims could not provide an age for the second suspect. But they said he was about the same height as the other robber and was wearing baggy pants and a plaid long-sleeved shirt.


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A detailed description of the getaway driver was not available.

Alameda police ask anyone with information to call 510-337-8340.

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