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Surveillance video released as police still search for robber

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

Police released surveillance video of a man robbing a convenience store, early Sunday morning in Iowa City.

At 6:25 Sunday morning, the video shows the 5'8, 200 pound black man approach the counter inside the Gasby's Conoco Gas Station with a handgun.

Police say he then demanded the cashier to open her register where he took cash.

By 6:26 a.m., it appears the video shows the robber demanding the clerk to get on the ground as he grabs something from underneath the counter.

Within 20 seconds the robber tells the clerk to get up, and they walk around the counter.

Eventually the robber pushes the clerk out of the store where police say the he forced her into her own car, and drove off.

"Breathtaking and jaw dropping," said Eddie Parks, manager of World of Bikes. "I really can't believe this is happening in a small town of Iowa."

World of Bikes is just blocks away from Gasby's and Parks says his store window was busted out before, but nothing taken.

Within the last two weeks, Pleasant Valley flower shop, across the street from Gasby's was broken into also, according to a cashier.

Eventually, police tell us the Gasby's clerk was pushed out of her car, while it was still moving.

Police released the video in hopes of giving the public another look at the suspect.

The suspect is described as a black male, 5'8, 200 pounds wearing a black hoodie that was cut off above his pants, running pants with a stripe down the side, a white baseball cap and white athletic shoes. The suspect left the scene in the employees blue 1999 Ford Explorer, Iowa license 860-WJY.

Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers is offering a reward of up to $1000 for information leading to the arrest of this suspect. Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at 358-TIPS (8477).

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