Three robberies took place Saturday night and in the wee hours of Sunday morning in Lodi, according to Lodi police. Additionally, a man tried unsuccessfully to rob two Starbucks baristas at gunpoint, police said.
Here are the incidents, in chronological order, according to police Sgt. Doug Chinn:
Saturday, 8:55 p.m.: A man walked through the back door of Kragen's, 420 W. Lodi Ave., pointed a gun at two clerks counting money and ordered them to give him money from the register. They then ordered the clerks to lie on the ground in the office as the suspects walked out the front door.
The suspects were described as wearing dark, hooded sweatshirts, white bandanas and white gloves.
Saturday, 11:30 p.m.: A 17-year-old boy was robbed knifepoint of his iPad and cellphone in the south alley in the 400 block of Hilborn Street. The teen received superficial cuts to his hand when he tried to get the iPad and cellphone back. He was treated at Lodi Memorial Hospital.
The victim said he knew the assailant from school several years ago.
Sunday, 1:22 a.m.: Two men in a car mysteriously ran from police when an officer saw one of them pushing it from a stall at a gas station at Ham and Kettleman lanes.
As the man pushing the car ran north on Ham Lane, the driver got out while the car was moving, causing the car to hit a pillar protecting the gas pumps. The driver also ran north on Ham, hopping over neighborhood fences.
The car, which was not reported stolen, is registered to a Stockton address.
Sunday, 1:45 a.m.: Two women leaving El Rancho Sports Lounge, 621 N. Cherokee Lane, had their purses snatched at gunpoint by two men. The men ran to a waiting vehicle and rode away. The car, described as a 1990s model Buck Regal, went south on Highway 99.
Sunday, 10 a.m.: A man drove up to the drive-thru window at Starbucks, 2431 W. Kettleman Lane, and pointed a gun at two baristas. Both employees ducked to the floor and were unharmed. The gunman sped from the window and went north on Lower Sacramento Road.
The suspect is described as having blondish hair, a thin goatee and wearing a red baseball cap. He was driving an older model white or gray Honda or Nissan that was "beaten up."
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