Subway attacker suspected in second armed robbery

Syracuse police are investigating a second armed robbery, they believe, was committed by the same person who robbed the Eastwood Subway Sunday night.

The second armed robbery happened around 1:35 a.m. at the Sunoco gas station at 1000 W. Genesee Street. A male employee was struck in the head with a large metal object, possibly a pipe or large metal wrench. Police say he then grabbed the cash register and took off. The victim suffered lacerations to his head and are not believed to be life threatening.

The first robbery happened earlier in the night at the Subway on James Street in the Eastwood section of Syracuse. Around 8:30 p.m., police say a man walked into the store, smashed a camera and smacked a 41-year-old male customer in the face with a metal pipe. His injuries are not considered life threatening. The suspect then took off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect is described as a black male with a large frame. He was last seen wearing dark colored clothing.

Police say he took off in a black Ford Ranger pick-up truck driven by a white male with red hair.

Right now, detectives are working with the Onondaga County Sheriff's Department to determine if this is the same suspect involved in an attempted robbery in the New Court Street Road area Sunday night.

Anyone with information on the robberies or the suspect is asked to contact Syracuse police at (315) 442-5222. All calls will be kept confidential.