ALAMEDA -- Police have released a sketch of a man suspected of three armed robberies, including one where the victim was a 14-year-old girl, hoping someone can identify him.
The most recent robbery occurred Sept. 11, when the girl was walking with her friend, also 14, on Franciscan Way near Alameda South Shore Center.
The man stopped them about 4:45 p.m. -- when the center is typically busy with shoppers -- and brandished a black semi-automatic handgun while stealing the girl's cell phone, police said.
Although the girls did not see the man leave in a vehicle, they noticed what may have been a black Honda driving nearby a short time later.
The other robberies occurred Aug. 31, the first about 4:15 p.m. in the 1900 block of Central Avenue, or between Lafayette and Chestnut streets, where the suspect confronted a woman as she was walking to Alameda Beauty College.
The man pointed a handgun at the 29-year-old woman's stomach while stealing her phone, police said. He then ran off toward Grand Street.
The second robbery occurred about 6:35 p.m. at Walnut Street and Alameda Avenue, where the victim was a 16-year-old girl. The suspect showed her a handgun tucked into his waistband and then stole her phone, police said.
No one was hurt during the robberies.
Investigators are linking the three cases based on the suspect's description and the way each robbery was carried out.
Police said the man is Latino,
Alameda police ask anyone with information to call 510-337-8340.
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