Man suspected of robbing the Coach store at Vintage Faire Mall in Modesto is seen on store surveillance camera images punching a store employee, Jan. 21, 2013.
MODESTO, CA - Store surveillance camera photos captured a man punching a store employee during a robbery in Modesto Monday evening.
The Coach store at Vintage Faire Mall was robbed just before 6:26 pm., said Modesto police spokesman Ivan Valencia.
A man came into the store and snatched up several handbags on display, according to Valencia. As the man left, a store clerk tried to stop him and was punched for her effort. She fell and the robbery suspect ran off with the purses.
Witnesses described the robber as Hispanic and about 5 feet 10 tall. He wore a gray sweater with a red hood, blue jeans and a black Cincinnati Reds baseball cap.
Anyone who can identify the man was asked to call Stanislaus Area Crime Stoppers toll-free at (209) 521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Tipsters can also text information to Crime Stoppers by sending a text message to 274637 and typing "TIP704" along with the message.