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The Holiday Station Store at Highway 34 and County Road 1 in Park Rapids was held up at gunpoint Thursday morning., (Sarah Smith)

UPDATED: Armed robber hits Holiday Station in PR; manhunt under way

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Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

      Hubbard County and Park Rapids authorities are searching for a uniquely described armed robber that held up the Holiday Station Store in Park Rapids early Thursday – five feet tall and speaking with what authorities think has an Asian accent.

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     The robber brandished a pump-action sawed off shotgun at the clerk and demanded money about 4:45 a.m.

Police chief Terry Eilers said the clerk was so shook up he gave an earlier description of the robber that wasn't correct, describing him as four feet tall. The suspect may be an inch over five feet tall, possible 5'2".

     The suspect fled on foot wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt with a Michael Jordan logo, dark gloves and white tennis shoes. It is believed the culprit headed north on County Road 1. He was carrying the black plastic cash register drawer.

         The public is asked not to approach the person, but to call 911 instead. The clerk was not injured in the holdup, but was very shaken, Eilers said.

     Hubbard County’s K-9 officer Oakley and his handler Sgt. Dan Kruchowski, were on the scene trying to pick up a scent, but light rains hampered the scent.

     The store manager, when viewing the video, told police the man, believed to be 20-30, may have been a regular morning customer who allegedly pilfered coins from a change jar.

     A statewide bulletin was issued at 7 a.m.

Thirty-one seconds of surveillance tape have been turned over to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and may be released by Friday. Only $201 was taken, the chief said. The man was still at large by Thursday afternoon.

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