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WEST JORDAN — Police are looking for a man who tried to rob a convenience store in West Jordan Friday afternoon and then pistol-whipped the clerk.
At around 2 p.m., a man wearing a ski mask walked into the Quik Pik store at 6973 Cougar Lane. West Jordan police officer Ian Adams said the man went up to the clerk, pulled a gun and told the clerk to hand over the money.
Instead of complying, the clerk fought back, Adams said. That’s when the gunman began hitting the clerk with his gun. Still, the clerk eventually ripped off the gunman's ski mask and took away his gun.
“It’s a very dangerous — very, very dangerous situation,” Adams said. “I’m glad the victim was able to get away with relatively minor lacerations. It was a very violent struggle that could have gone worse.”
The gunman escaped, and the clerk ran to a business next door for help. The clerk was taken to a nearby hospital but is expected to recover, Adams said.
Surveillance images from the store show the gunman has dreadlocks and was wearing orange shoes. Adams said officers want to get this man off the streets as soon as possible because of the level of violence he displayed.
Anyone who recognizes the man in the surveillance pictures is asked to call West Jordan police at 801-840-4000.