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Knife-wielding robber targets two Medford businesses

A man attempted to rob a Medford business at knife point then successfully robbed another less than two hours later Monday night, bolting on a bicycle after each crime.

No one was injured in either incident.

"(Police) believe that they're the same guy and they're looking for him," said Lt. Kerry Curtis.

The first robbery attempt was reported at 5:04 p.m. at Luigi's Sandwiches, 1619 N Riverside Avenue, according to Medford police. The suspect approached two employees who were behind the business and ordered them back inside, demanding money. Curtis said that after being told that the day's receipts had already been secured in a safe that was not accessible, the suspect pedaled away empty-handed, southbound on Riverside Avenue.

The man struck again at 6:45 p.m., this time at a Human Bean coffee stand at 1831 E. Barnett Road. As in the Luigi's robbery, he approached employees and demanded money, armed once again "with some type of weapon," according to a Medford police news release. The man rode away with an undisclosed amount of cash. A surveillance camera caught him fleeing, and police have released a still image of him fleeing on their Facebook page.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 20s and 30s and standing 5 feet 10 inches tall. The mask he wore in the robberies covered up part of his face, and he wore black pants and a hooded sweatshirt. Police described him as having a "very deep voice."

Anyone with information on the suspect or robberies is asked to contact Medford police at 541-770-4784. The Luigi's robbery is case No. 17-5475, and the Human Bean robbery is case No. 17-5479.

Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/ryanpfeil.

Medford police have released this surveillance image of a man believed to have attempted to rob two Medford businesses Monday. [Image provided by Medford police]