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Man Pistol-Whipped During Robbery in Woodstock

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A store employee was injured when a robbery suspect pistol-whipped him during a holdup at a Woodstock convenience store today, police said.

Officers are looking for two male suspects who allegedly committed the armed robbery at Sunrise Food and Liquor, 715 McHenry Ave.

A pair of masked and gloved robbers were brandishing pistols when they entered the store at around 2:40 p.m. July 12, according to a press release from the Woodstock Police Department. One suspect jumped over the counter, struck a male store employee on the head multiple times with his gun and demanded money from him, police said.A still from a surveillance video at Sunrise Food and Liquor shows one of two men who allegedly committed armed robbery July 12. | Image provided

The suspects took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled on foot heading north.

When police arrived on the scene, they found the store employee bleeding from his head. A search of the area with a canine from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office was unsuccessful, the release said.

The first suspect, who police said struck the store employee, is believed to be a white male. He was described as wearing dark-colored pants, a blue raincoat, black shoes and dark gloves. The suspect was wearing a light-colored mask to conceal his face. He carried a semiautomatic pistol with a silver slide and a black frame.

The second suspect was described as wearing a dark-colored sweatshirt with a white T-shirt exposed by his waistline and a dark baseball hat with white lettering. He concealed his identity with a dark-colored mask and carried a black hammerless revolver, police said. The second suspect was wearing two-toned gloves with dark palms. Police did not describe the second suspect’s race.

The store employee was taken by the Woodstock Fire/Rescue District to a local emergency room with a non-life threatening injury, according to the release.

The WPD released surveillance video of the incident, which can be viewed here.

The WPD’s Investigations Division is investigating the robbery.