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Police: 3 store robberies possibly connected to AK-47 bandits

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Two armed robberies, less than an hour apart and about a mile apart from each other.  Now Phoenix Police may be looking to see if the same man robbed two different stores with an assault rifle, injuring a clerk in one of the robberies.

The first robbery was at the Family Dollar on Van Buren and 35th Avenue around 6:30p.m. Friday, the second robbery, happened about a mile and a half away at the Ozark Market on 32nd Avenue and Buckeye.

We spoke to the clerk there who was injured during the robbery.

"It happened very quickly.. with in three minutes, three and a half minutes," said Charles Halder.

Halder's face is still healing after he says he was injured in a frightening armed robbery on Friday.

"When he came here.. I would stand.. he forced me to move forward and open the cash register, but I refused," said Halder.

Halder was working at his uncle's store -- the Ozark Market on 32nd Avenue and Buckeye when a man, wearing a dark hoodie and blue jeans robbed the store around 7:30 p.m.  The man was carrying what is believed to be an AK-47 assault rifle.

"I have seen that type of rifle with Osama bin Laden," said Halder.

Halder initially didn't open the cash register for the robber, but he says when he turned to get a better look at the guy, that's when the robber hit him in the face with the barrel of the gun.

"He hit me like this way with the front of the gun the barrel," he said.

Halder says the robber took his cell phones, cash from the register and a scratch off lottery ticket.  His uncle, Charles B. Halder, the store owner, was out of the country at the time of the robbery.

"It was shocking.. kind of it was almost two years we never had any problem or anything like that," said uncle.

Halder says police told him the robbery might be connected to another robbery.  About an hour earlier, the Family Dollar down the street at 35th AVenue and Van Buren was robbed.  Police say the suspect was also wearing a dark hoodie, jeans and was armed with an AK-47.

"They gave him actually some information about that, so now they're working on that, so we don't know," said the owner.

Halder says the robber left the store, still pointing the gun towards him.

Police say the suspect in the Family Dollar robbery left in a maroon car.   Halder says he didn't see if the suspect took off in a car or on foot. 

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