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Early police asking for help finding suspect in food plaza armed robbery

Early Police Department searches for robbery suspect

EARLY, Texas - Police in Brown County need the community's help to find a man accused of armed robbery at a food plaza in Early.

Surveillance video courtesy of the Brownwood Bulletin shows the gunman holding up a store in Brown County and pointing a gun right at a man's head.

It happened around 1 a.m. Friday, July 12th, at the Early Food Plaza on the 1300 block of Early Boulevard.

The video was not released until recently due to software complications and technical difficulties. As challenging as technology can be, it's proven to be a useful tool.

"It's very helpful," Early's Chief of Police David Mercer said. "It's always much better to have video or pictures. If you don't have the video then you're just relying on what the clerk's telling you and they're in a stressful situation so they don't always remember everything just picture perfect either." 

Chief Mercer said the gunman held the clerk at gunpoint and left with cash and cigarettes. The suspect was wearing a black or dark blue hoodie and pants, sunglasses and a bandana.

"By releasing the video, parts of it, we're hoping that even though you can't see the person or even the skin color, we're hoping someone will recognize their movement."

The police department has brought the clerk in to listen to potential suspects' voices to see if any matched up. No arrests have been made and this is an ongoing investigation.

If you have any information on this case, you are asked to call the Early Police Department at (325) 646-5322 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. 

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