Police search for man connected to 9 Lynn robberies

LYNN, MA (WHDH) - A suspect is wanted in a string of armed robberies at stores in Lynn.

The suspect has demanded money at nine stores in Lynn since late October. At a Richdale on North Franklin Street, police said the suspect pistol-whipped an employee, who then fought back. The suspect fled from that scene empty-handed.

At a Richdale on Chatham Street, cashier Tarik Khan said the man, who wore a white hooded sweatshirt and gloves, jumped over the counter and threatened him with a gun. “Give me money, give me money, otherwise I’m going to shoot you,” the robber said.

“It was a little scary because he’s carrying a gun and we have no choice,” said Khan. The suspect got away with cash from the register.

The next week he robbed a store owned by the Richdale worker’s cousin, called Jenny’s.

Police fear the suspect could be desperate and increasingly dangerous.

“It’s something that we’ve seen from people that have drug problems or dependents don’t have the job and need the money,” said Richard Donnelly of the Lynn Police Department. “They’re desperate. And that’s what we think this probably.”

Police believe the suspect is a Hispanic male in his 20s. Anyone with information is asked to contact Lynn Police at 781-595-2000.

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