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Another robbery reported in Alexandria

A robbery was reported at Tio's Mexican Grill in Alexandria Monday night.

It's the third robbery in the city in the past month.

The incident happened shortly before 10 p.m. A store employee told police that a masked black male showed up at the restaurant at 217 North Nokomis right while it was closing.

The suspect told the employee that he wanted money and then grabbed a money bag and fled the scene on foot, according to police.

The suspect is described as a black male in his early 20s, approximately 6 feet tall with a medium build.

He was wearing blue jeans and a black hooded sweatshirt. He was also wearing a ski mask with three holes in it to partially hide his face.

There were no injuries reported and - unlike two previous robberies reported at Papa Murphy's last month - no weapons were displayed.

The Alexandria Police Department is investigating the incident.

The other robberies occurred at about 9 p.m. on February 17 and February 25 as the Papa Murphy's pizza business at 1405 Broadway was closing for the day.

The suspect in both those incidents was described as a white male in his late teens to early 20s who was wearing a mask similar to the one in the movie, Scream. The suspect flashed a handgun and fled the scene on foot.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Alexandria Police Department at (320) 763-6631.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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