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Man robs market with knife

A man wearing a dark hoodie jumped over the counter at the Woodland Heights Market at 1501 Prune Street Sunday morning and held the cashier at knife point while robbing the till, according to Medford police.

“No one else was in the store when he walked in,” said Sgt. Brent Mak. “He immediately jumps over the counter and brandishes his knife.”

Police are reviewing video surveillance and should be able to release a photo on Monday to help catch the suspect, described as a white skinny male, 5 feet 8 inch to 5 feet 9 inch, weighing 124 to 145 pounds. The suspect possibly had dark brown or light black hair, and was wearing a black hood or hoodie, a gray and black bandanna, as well as black shirt, pants and shoes.

Mak said police don’t have an age estimate yet, but the man was likely young based on his ability to jump the counter during the robbery, which occurred at about 8:10 a.m.

Police are trying to determine if the suspect fled on foot to a waiting car, but video surveillance only captures images of him leaving the area of the store.

“We see him walking away, and that is all,” he said.

Mak said the cashier was uninjured. Police haven’t released the amount of cash taken from the till.

He said there are a couple of robberies recently that haven’t been resolved.

“It’s certainly possible that this is linked to the other robberies,” he said.

If you have any information on the robbery, you can call Medford police’s tip line at 541-618-1847.

Police have been able to use video from the market previously to help gather information after a Medford parks employee killed a pedestrian in Nov. 3, 2017.

The footage showed Michael Bates, 57, was wearing dark clothing on a rainy night just after 10 p.m.

On March 15, 2012, police got lucky nabbing a would-be attempt to steal beer from the market.

Juan Ramirez, 18, had just snatched a 24-pack when he ran from the store into the arms of the law, according to Medford police.

He literally ran into the path of a Medford police patrol car before store employees had a chance to call 911.

— Reach reporter Damian Mann at 541-776-4476 or dmann@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on www.twitter.com/reporterdm.