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A 36-year-old Selah man is accused of robbing a Selah convenience store at gunpoint last month after police say the clerk refused to go out with him.

A store clerk at the 7-Eleven on North First Street told police that a man wearing a camouflage jacket and pants, ski mask and boots came in on Oct. 30, pointed a gun at her and said, “Give me all the money,” according to a probable-cause affidavit filed by Selah police.

The clerk gave the robber an undisclosed amount of money from the till, and he walked out, the affidavit said.

The clerk told detectives that she had seen the suspect in the store a half-hour before the robbery wearing the same kind of pants the robber was wearing, the affidavit said. She said the suspect asked her out, but she declined because he was a registered sex offender, the affidavit said.

The state sex-offender registry lists him as a Level II sex offender, meaning he is at moderate risk of reoffending, and was convicted of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes in 2005.

After asking for change, he left the store, the affidavit said. The clerk told police that she identified the suspect as the robber based on his eye color and voice, the affidavit said, and picked him out of a photo lineup.

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Officers reviewing surveillance video taken before and during the robber noted that the robber and the suspect had the same shoes, gait and pants, the affidavit said.

Detectives searched the suspect’s home on Tuesday and found camouflage clothes, a ski mask and BB guns, the affidavit said.

He is being held on suspicion of first-degree robbery and Yakima County Superior Court Judge Richard Bartheld ordered him held in lieu of $100,000 bail during a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

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1The FBI says it believes the Yakima County Sheriff's Office under reported the number of incidents in 2018
2Wapato's data for 2018 is not reliable.