SALINAS, Calif. - Salinas was hit again early Thursday morning with two robberies within about 20 minutes of each other leaving two employees injured.
The first robbery happened around 2:42 a.m. at 1305 N. Main St. at the 7-11. Police said a man entered the 7-11 at Curts and N. Main and stood by the counter until the clerk walked behind it. When the clerk reached the register, the suspect pulled a dark colored handgun from his sweatshirt pocket and jumped over the counter.
The man hit the clerk on the right side of his head with the gun causing a severe laceration and knocking the clerk out. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money. He's described as a 20 to 21-year-old wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue pants.
Then around 2:59 a.m. another robbery at 339 Williams Rd. at the Quick Stop. The suspect confronted the clerk outside of the business and ordered him at gunpoint back inside. Once inside, the suspect jumped over the counter and had the clerk open the register. While the clerk was trying to open the register, the suspect struck the him in the head with the gun. The suspect was last seen running into the alley behind the store.