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Sep 27, 2012 9:04 PM by Lupita Murillo

Police on the hunt for a serial armed robber

TUCSON- A man wanted in a string of serial armed robberies is still on the loose and Tucson Police need your help to find him.

Robbery detectives say he is wanted in at least seven armed robberies since July.

The first occurred July 19th at the "Lasting Touch Salon" on East Broadway. News 4 spoke to one of the victims at that location. She says she is terrified and asked we not identify her. The woman says she and a client feared for their lives.

They said the suspect pointed a gun at them and told them he was going to kill them. He held them hostage and when the women began praying out loud and asked for Jesus to help them, the victim says his demeanor changed completely, and said he believed in Jesus. He apologized and told the women he needed the money and didn't have a family. The victim says he left, and took her client's car.

Police say on August 8, the suspect hit the "Game Stop" on Broadway.

On August 26, he hit "Sticky's Smoke Shop" on 22nd Street.

On September 4, he hit "Game Stop" again.

On September 24th he entered the Car Cash Pawn Stars on Oracle, and then Wednesday night hit the "Game Stop" once again.

TPD thinks he may be connected to a seventh robbery.

Ralph Hastie works at the pawn shop, not only did the armed robber hold a gun to his head, he also tied him up.

Hastie says before he was tied up he managed to hit the silent alarm. The suspect began stuffing items into bags as well as cash.

He also took Hastie's car keys. He apologized to Hastie and told him he needed money to feed his family. As the suspect was leaving through the front door with the stolen merchandise, Tucson Police showed up and he escaped by running out the back. The surveillance camera captured a good image of the suspect and police are hoping someone will recognize him.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic man, 18 to 22 years old, 5'6" to 5'9" tall, weighing between 140 to 160 lbs.

Police say sometimes he has another man with him, and sometimes he has a girl.

If anybody has information, call 88-CRIME or 911.

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