Woodland police are searching for a suspect who apparently followed a man from a Sacramento bank this morning, then attempted to rob him at a gas station, striking the victim with a crowbar.
Police were dispatched at 10:40 a.m. to the 400 block of County Road 102 regarding a fight. It was reported that one person had a crowbar. Dispatchers were subsequently told that an approximately 30-year-old man had left southbound on Interstate 5 in a gold Nissan Altima or gold Saturn. The victim was still at the scene with a head injury.
When officers arrived, they found a 29-year-old Sacramento man. He told police that he had withdrawn a large sum of cash from a bank in Sacramento and was en route to Redding when he stopped in Woodland to buy gas. While pumping gas, a black man in his late 20s or early 30s, wearing a red hooded sweatshirt with the hood over his head, approached the victim and demanded his money.
When the victim denied having money, the suspect struck the victim over the head with a tire iron, according to a Police Department news release. The victim ran inside the business for assistance, and the suspect followed him, swinging the tire iron and demanding money.
The victim told police that he emptied his pockets to show that he did not have any money on him. The suspect then went to the victim's vehicle, broke the window and rummaged in the car.
The victim pulled the suspect from the vehicle and the suspect left in the gold car. The victim told police that he recognized the driver of the vehicle as another customer from the Sacramento bank.
The suspect was described as African American in his late 20s to early 30s with a goatee or beard, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall, and weighing 190 to 220 pounds with a muscular build. The driver of the suspect vehicle was described as a Hispanic woman with a slight build.
The victim sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was treated by paramedics at the scene.