According to Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie, the clerk at the gas station fell asleep behind the counter in the cashier's booth and woke up to find a man in a black hooded sweatshirt and black jeans demanding money and holding what appeared to be a black revolver.
The clerk gave the robber all the bills in the register and then fled out the door of the booth, Wylie said. From the gas station's bathroom he saw the short, medium-build man get into a car, which was obscured by bushes, making it hard for the clerk to determine the vehicle's make and color. The car — a compact — drove away, heading north on N. Shoreline Boulevard toward Highway 101.
The cashier was unsure of the man's race, but said he could have been Hispanic or white, Wylie said. Police viewed the station's surveillance footage, but it was very grainy and is unlikely to aid in the investigation.
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