Clerk pistol whipped during robbery in Port Arthur

Clerk pistol whipped during robbery in Port Arthur

A clerk was pistol whipped by a black male brandishing a firearm in an aggravated robbery Sept.16 in Port Arthur.

The incident happened at the Top Dollar thrift store at 1908 Ninth Ave. Monday night at 7:43 p.m., according to a PAPD police report.

"I'm not sure how much money he got," PAPD Sgt. Scott Gaspard said. "I don't think the clerk was sure how much money he got at the time. (The clerk) was struck with the handle and the side of the (pistol) the best we could tell."

Gaspard said the clerk was of Asian descent, and that police had difficulty communicating with him because he did not speak English well.

"They were interviewing the victim today and some of the details are unclear," he said. "There's a bit of a language barrier. That's what we're up against."

The suspect fled on foot, and the victim sustained injuries that were not considered serious and refused medical treatment, a PAPD press release said.

According to the release, the suspect was identified and interviewed by investigators, and the weapon used in the robbery was subsequently recovered following the leads that developed.

"We do have a suspect and we're trying to get a warrant, but I can't release his name until he's either indicted or we get a warrant on him," Gaspard said.