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Masked gunman robs Fall River store, threatens to kill clerk’s children

Fall River police are searching for a masked man who robbed a store at gunpoint.
City of Fall River Department
Fall River police are searching for a masked man who robbed a store at gunpoint.

Fall River police are searching for a masked man who robbed a store at gunpoint and threatened the clerk’s terrified children, vowing to kill them if the worker did “anything stupid,” officials said Friday.

The harrowing ordeal began shortly before 7 p.m. Monday at Farm Market on Durfee Street when the suspect, wearing a hooded sweatshirt and ski mask that covered his neck, chin, and forehead, entered the store and asked for cigarettes, Fall River police said in a statement.

After the clerk retrieved the cigarettes, the man pulled out a silver pistol and demanded all the cash from the register, the release said. He then menaced the two small children.

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“The male suspect noticed the clerk’s children (young boy and girl) in the store and threatened to kill them if the clerk did ‘anything stupid,’ ” the statement said. “The clerk handed the suspect cash from the register. While the [drawer] was opened, the suspect reached into the register for the remaining cash.”

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Police said he left the store with a “moderate sum” of money and a box of cigarettes.

The suspect was described as a light-skinned black or Hispanic man of medium build, standing approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall. In addition to the sweatshirt and mask, he also wore light gray sweatpants and black sneakers that might have been Nike low-tops, police said.

Anyone with information on the gun-toting suspect’s whereabouts should contact Officer Brendan McNerney at bmcnerney@FRPD.ORG or Detective Felicia Melo at fmelo@FRPD.ORG or 508-676-8511.

Anonymous tipsters can help take the suspect off the street by calling 508-672-TIPS (8477).

Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.