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Cops seeking man who tried to rob Port Jefferson Station gas station

An image from surveillance video shows a man

An image from surveillance video shows a man displaying what appears to be a gun after he entered a Speedway gas station in Port Jefferson Station and demanded cash early Saturday morning, Oct. 13, 2018, according to police. Photo Credit: SCPD/Palumbo, Thomas

Suffolk County police are seeking the public’s help identifying a man they say flashed a gun while trying to rob a Port Jefferson Station gas station early Saturday morning.

A man wearing a mask entered a Speedway at 501 Patchogue Road about 2:30 a.m., police said. The man “displayed what appeared to be a gun and demanded cash,” police said. The gas station employee did not comply, and the assailant fled, police said. There were no injuries.

Police suspect the attempted robbery is connected to an Oct. 7 armed robbery at a Sunoco gas station at 1575 Route 112 in Port Jefferson Station, police said. During that robbery, which occurred shortly before 10 a.m., a man entered the gas station, flashed a gun and demanded cash. The clerk complied, police said. There were no injuries, cops said.

Police described the suspect as being between 25 and 30 years old. He has a medium build and a goatee and is between 5-feet-10-inches tall and 6 feet tall, police said.

Police are asking anyone with information about the incidents to call the Sixth Squad at 631-854-8652 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-220-TIPS.

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