Deputies investigating attempted armed robbery at Shell station convenience store in Redwood City

The Shell gasoline station, located at 1667 Woodside Rd in Redwood City, on Sunday, August 16, 2020. Photo: Duncan Sinfield/KTVU.

An attempted armed robbery suspect who entered a gas station convenience store early Friday morning remains at large, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Department.

At approximately, 1:19 a.m., sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the Shell gas station, located at 1667 Woodside Rd., in unincorporated Redwood City following an attempted armed robbery that occurred.

The sheriff's office said that the victim, a 38-year-old employee who was working the counter at the convenience store, told deputies that the suspect entered the store between 12:15 and 12:45 a.m. The suspect approached him at the counter, pointed a handgun at the employee and attempted to get behind he counter. 

There was a struggle, according to the sheriff's office, and the employee managed to briefly take the handgun away from the suspect. 

The suspect regained possession of the gun and left the store. He was last seen walking westbound on Woodside Road. Sheriff's deputies searched the area, but could not locate the suspect. 

He is described as a white male, in his 30s, with long blonde hair. He was last seen wearing a hooded black sweatshirt.

The investigation is ongoing to locate potential witnesses and collect surveillance video in the area. 

Anyone with information about the incident or the suspect is asked to contact the San Mateo County Sheriff's Department tip line at 1(800) 547-2700.