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Manager pistol-whipped by suspect during robbery; crime caught on camera

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Posted at 3:30 PM, May 01, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-01 18:05:16-04

The video above is courtesy West Valley City Police Department, and the activity begins at about 30 seconds into the video. There is no audio with the surveillance footage.

WEST VALLEY CITY – The manager of a fast food restaurant was pistol-whipped by a suspect during a robbery in West Valley City Thursday night, and the suspect escaped with money and is still on the loose.

Police said the robbery occurred around 11:20 p.m. at a fast food restaurant located in the area of 2400 South and Redwood Road.

The manager of the restaurant went out the back door to get supplies, and police believe the suspect was waiting outside for just such an opportunity and followed the victim back in.

The suspect held the manager at gunpoint and demanded money from the safe. After he got the money, police said the robber hit the manager on the head with the gun.

“The gun alone is enough to get compliance, and they were complying inside, so we're not sure why he decided to go ahead and strike the manager as well,” said Lt. Dalan Taylor of the West Valley City Police Department. “So this guy obviously has some violent tendencies.”

Two other employees who were in the building were not hurt. The suspect is described as being a white male who stands about 5-feet 9-inches tall and has a medium build. He was wearing a dark blue hooded sweater, a gray bandana over his face, and gloves.