HERMISTON — The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the suspect that tried but failed to pull off an armed robbery.

Two employees of the Short Stop Gas, 32553 E. Punkin Center Road, Hermiston, were working outside Sunday morning at about 4:15 when an armed man approached on foot from the road. The sheriff’s office in a written statement reported the suspect held a black rifle and covered his face in a dark green bandanna.

“According to the employees,” the sheriff’s office reported, “the suspect ordered one of them to go inside the store. Instead, both employees ran across Highway 207 and called 911.”

They also told law enforcement the suspect tried to open the store’s cash register, but it was locked. When he could not open the register, he bolted from the store, taking nothing.

He ran west on East Punkin Center and got into a white four-door sedan. The car headed west on East Punkin Center, the sheriff’s office reported.

The employees told the sheriff’s office the suspect was about 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighed approximately 120-140 pounds. He wore a black hooded sweatshirt, a black baseball cap, dark-colored gloves and white plaid shorts with lime green and navy stripes and white socks that covered his calves.

“We are reviewing video footage from the store and the investigation is continuing,” the sheriff’s office also reported. “Please contact the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office with any information at 541-966-3651.”

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