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LA Police Search For Bandit Brandishing Syringe

March 19, 1992

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A man carrying a syringe he said contained AIDS-infected blood robbed a hot dog stand, two stores and another business in the latest in a series of similar heists, police said.

Police believe one man was responsible for all of Wednesday’s robberies.

″He shows me a needle and said, ’I’m the AIDS person and I need a couple of bucks,‴ Stan Houston, who works at Flooky’s hot dog stand, said Wednesday. ″I told him to wait outside and I’d get him the money. He waited outside, I gave him $2 and he left.″

The man also challenged a 7-Eleven clerk, who ran from the store, said Sgt. Mike Sontag. The robber couldn’t get the cash register open so he took cigarettes and left, Sontag said.

The bandit also took an undetermined amount of money from a cash register at nearby Patsy’s Minimarket, and struck a fourth business, said Officer John Pasquariello. Police didn’t identify the other business.

On Monday, a man of similar description confronted a market clerk, a bicycle shop owner, a pedestrian and a motorist, police said.

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