Man punches Tampa store clerk, is caught on camera - WHLT 22 Connecting the Pine Belt

Man punches Tampa store clerk, is caught on camera

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TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

Tampa Police officers are looking for a man caught on surveillance cameras knocking out a Tampa store clerk.

The man was hanging around an ice machine in front of the Hope Food Store at 4002 N. 22nd St., when a clerk asked him what he was doing there.

Detectives report the suspect said he was waiting for his girlfriend, who was using the bathroom, and pointed to the side of the building. However, the clerk told police that there is not a bathroom where the suspect pointed. The clerk started walking to the side of the store to find out what was going on, and that is when the suspect punched him.

Moments later, a female is seen walking away from the building. She and the suspect leave the scene on bicycles.

A citizen found the clerk unconscious and called police. The clerk was treated for serious but non-life threatening injuries.

The suspect bought something inside the store before the altercation. Tampa Police hope his distinctive clothes help someone recognize him.

If you recognize the man or woman, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS.

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