Belmont and Watertown Police officers are searching backyards off Trapelo Road by foot and with a K9 unit for a young man who used a knife to rob an employee of the 93 FoodMart in Cushing Square of an undetermined amount of money.
Around 4:50 p.m., the young man approached employee Suresh Pandey with a note in his hand. The robber – wearing a red cloth mask and a red scarf over his head – pointed a locking knife at Pandey and gave him the note that read, "Give me the money, Hurry up."
"He looked like a kid but he was holding a knife so I opened the register and gave him the money. He saw there was $50 bill and he said 'Give me that 50,'" said Pandey.
Pandey described the assailiant as:
• White man
• 5 foot, 6 inches or shorter
• slim built
• Wearing a military-style jacket and jeans
It took Pandey about a minute before calling 911 and stating the store was robbed. Officers arrived and took screen shots from the store's surveillance camera as units from Belmont and Watertown search nearby streets and yards for the man.
"It was not frightening because I've never been in such a situation," said Pandey who has been a store employee for the past two months.
Despite the robbery, the store will remain open for the rest of the day, said Pandey.
Pandey said he would not be able to know exactly how much was taken until the store closes tonight and his manager is able to make an exact accounting.