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Citrus Heights PD seek help to ID gorilla mask suspect

On Wednesday, Citrus Heights police said detectives recently found digital evidence showing a “possible strong arm robbery” involving a man wearing a gorilla mask, believed to have occurred on April 20 around 1:54 p.m.

Photo released by the Citrus Heights Police Department of a masked robbery suspect.
Photo released by the Citrus Heights Police Department of a masked robbery suspect believed to have been involved in an April bike theft.

According to a police news release, still images and video footage show an unidentified victim being confronted by the masked man, who robbed him of his bike. The digital evidence also indicates there were several other “unknown” persons present during the robbery.

Police said no reports have been made with similar circumstances to agencies in the region, and detectives are asking for the community to help in locating the victim and identifying the masked “gorilla” man.

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Detectives believe the masked robbery suspect and “additional unknown subjects” may have committed other robberies in the region and request the public’s help in identifying others who may have been victimized by the masked man as well.

Police describe the masked suspect as a white male adult with a height of about 5-feet-eleven-inches and a “medium build.”

Those with information about the identity of either the suspect or victim(s) are “strongly encouraged” to contact the Citrus Heights Police Department at 916-727-5500.

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