Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies searched for a male suspect after receiving reports of a robbery at Maria’s Market & Envíos America on Sunday evening.
The call came in at around 6:50 p.m. about a robbery at the market, located on the 23100 block of Lyons Avenue, according to Lt. James Royal of the SCV Sheriff’s Station.
“The suspect is a male adult wearing a white shirt and stole an orange shirt from the store,” he said, adding that the man was bleeding from his face and last seen walking on Lyons Avenue.
Business ran per usual until the suspect passed by the storefront and yanked an orange shirt on sale that hung from the front door before walking away, according to store owner Leticia Alfonso.
“We’ve always had merchandise out on display but that has never happened before,” she said in Spanish. “I tried to tell him to leave but he didn’t listen.”
Video surveillance showed the man take the shirt while holding a filled, black plastic bag.
The suspect appeared to have a firearm strapped to his waistband, according to Alfonso, who said a family member saw it after the man lifted his shirt.
“We were scared because the man was bleeding from his face and because, at the store, there’s a little boy that often stays with us,” the store owner said.
Deputies continued to search for the suspect throughout the night, and he was still at large Monday morning, according to SCV Sheriff’s Station spokeswoman Shirley Miller.
Anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity in relation to this incident can call the SCV Sheriff’s Station at 661-255-1121.