Los Angeles Police searched Wednesday for a gunman who robbed a Church’s Chicken in the Jefferson Park area, with detectives hoping a newly released video will help someone recognize the robber.

The robbery at the Church’s Chicken restaurant at 1811 W. Jefferson Blvd. took place about 10:20 a.m. Sunday, according to the LAPD.

The robber entered the restaurant and waited for customers to leave before confronting the cashier with a gun, according to authorities.

The cashier handed over money and the suspect then demanded money from a second register, police said. When the cashier had trouble opening the register door, the suspect became angry and fired a round from his handgun. The cashier then opened the drawer and gave the gunman the money.

The suspect fled the scene in a newer model dark blue Nissan, heading eastbound on Jefferson Boulevard.

The gunman was described as Hispanic, about 5 feet 8 and between 170 and 190 pounds. He was believed to be about 35 years old and was last seen wearing a gray baseball hat, a gray long-sleeve shirt and dark blue pants.

The public can view the surveillance video of the robber at http://www.lapdonline.org/home/news_view/59284.

Anyone with information on the suspect is urged to call LAPD Southeast Division detectives at (213) 485-2561. Tipsters can also call the 24-hour tipline at (877) LAPD-24-7 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

—City News Service

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